Anxiety vs Contentment

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I’m getting more and more anxious about the trip tomorrow. This anxiety is based on my fear of all the things that will or could happen during the trip. Based on our recent trips, I can say that trips are causing me more and more pain, illness, and stress.

This upcoming trip will include 2 days of driving, a day to rest, and then traveling a little more to a 2-day stay for a wedding. Not only am I afraid of how sickness could affect me, but I also dread the amount of anxiety I’ll have, just because of being in stressful social occasions. I anticipate unpleasant family drama, because of past experiences.

As I’ve talked about lately, my decades-long problem with social anxiety, seems to be getting worse. I think that this is because of being a homebody for so long, that I don’t want to go anywhere. It’s so much easier to stay home and enjoy my solitude, knowing that if I feel sicker than usual – I won’t mess up anyone’s plans.

The last trip we made left me terrified of getting sick on the road. It was the most sick I’ve every been, and the most afraid. I hope and pray that this trip will be uneventful and that it will take away some of my fear of traveling. I wish my emotions weren’t in this condition, but they are.

Hubby seems to be getting worse. Three years ago he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer. He began taking hormone therapy, which has worked so well! His health seems to be a little worse. His fatigue is worse and he doesn’t really feel like doing everything. He’s so sleepy all the time, too. This is making me very anxious.

Next month, if things are still this intense, I will need to look for a good therapist who can help me with some of my anxiety. I think I will be better once I return home to my routine.

I plan to take plenty of Benadryl and Advil. I’m already getting headaches, which has become very rare. If my pain or headaches become a problem on my trip, I’ll take it daily if I need to. I’ll be prepared for allergic reactions with my Benadryl and Epi-Pens.

On the positive side, the wedding of my nephew should be beautiful and a joyous experience. It’s always great to celebrate with others and spend an evening smiling. There will also be time to share my love with my adult child and her family. I love, love, love my grandchildren. Although we communicate online, it’s so much better when we can be there.

The hugs and excitement on their faces when we arrive is priceless. If you have grandchildren, you know what I mean. Seeing many other family members will be a blessing, too. I hope and pray that my mother, who has Dementia, will be feeling well. Her anxiety is worse when she’s in a car, so I plan to sit in the back seat with her, working to help her keep calm.

Ideas for Making Stress More Manageable

  • Breathe slow and steady
  • Pray or Meditate
  • Focus on positives
  • Aromatherapy
  • Rest
  • Take a warm bath
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing
  • Lay off the caffeine, sugar, and junk food
 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalms 94:19

Anxiety doesn’t fit in well with my goal of contentment. Contentment has to be intentional. When I remind myself of my goal, it’s so much easier to be focused on ways to make it easier. Is contentment one of your goals? What ways have you found that can help you to reach this goal?

@2024, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post is based on my experiences and opinions and is not meant to be medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

12 thoughts on “Anxiety vs Contentment”

  1. Saying a prayer for you that this trip is better than the last. Its always nice to spend time with family.

  2. I hope all does go well and some of those fears and your anxiety can lesson. I often find that those things I dread so much and work myself up over anxiety wise often don’t end up being anywhere near as bad as I feared…. and yet somehow that doesn’t seem to stop my worrying the next time around! Anxiety is weird like that. I too find that deep, even breathing and focusing on those aspects I’m looking forward to help keep my anxiety a bit more in check.

  3. I hope that you can relax and enjoy your trip, Lisa. Thank you for sharing this post, I think that it is important for people to realize that stress and anxiety are often triggered by pleasant events in our lives not just by our negative experiences

  4. gloria patterson

    It must be rough and you must want to go a lot to go through all of that….. Some time you might try face time for special times

  5. gloria patterson

    Did you ever think about renting or borrow a small RV and a driver so you and your husband could lay down during the trip

  6. gloria patterson

    Sorry I would not make the trip. Today you can face time and still be with your family. If it would be better for you

  7. I struggle with anxiety. I try to remind myself that stressing over what might happen in the future just makes my present miserable.

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