Dealing With Anxiety
It is becoming increasingly common to suffer from an anxiety disorder. According to a survey conducted by CAMH from November 27 – December 1, 2020, 33% of young adults in Canada reported suffering from moderate to severe anxiety. This shows us that there is a great need for mental health awareness and support in our country.
This is something that millions of people are suffering from in silence. Young people today are working towards removing the stigma surrounding mental health. Unfortunately, there is still much work to be done.
It is so important for us to understand ourselves. Knowing how past trauma, family history, and biological factors can affect our mental health is key. People experience anxiety in many different ways. Generalized anxiety, panic attacks, and social anxiety are all various forms. Being able to know what triggers your anxiety is the first step towards recovery. Receiving assistance from a therapist trained to deal with anxiety disorders will make this process feel less daunting. There is also no shame in taking medication for our anxiety disorders. Our minds are like any other part of our body which potentially need medical assistance to function properly. However, if you are unable to receive treatment right now, there are still practical ways you can manage your anxiety.
Practicing mindfulness is something we can do each day to help mitigate our anxiety. There are many techniques online which can provide us ways to be more grounded in the moment. If you are someone of faith, there are ways to integrate your spiritual life in your mindfulness routine. The Christian faith teaches to “fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Phil. 4:8, NLT). Regularly meditating on Scripture can help us focus less on our problems and more on God’s strength.
Quiet times with God can also help us think less negatively and grow spiritually. Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and focus on God. Our fast-paced, materialistic current culture does not promote being at rest. However, finding time to disengage from the internet and connect with God can bring new clarity to our lives. If we make a commitment to pray each morning, we can help calm any fears we have about the day ahead.
Contemplative prayer requires us to listen to God’s will. Having a relationship with God requires us to have meaningful conversations with Him. Finding a place where we can avoid all the noise around us can bring us to a place of real peace. A quiet place outside where we can be surrounded by God’s creation can be the perfect setting for deep, contemplative prayers. These prayers can be a time for us to share our greatest fears and insecurities with a Creator who cares about our every thought.
Lastly, nature can remind us of how small our problems compared to the vastness of the universe. Scripture helps us keep an eternal perspective in Psalm 8:3-4, which states, “when I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” (NLT).
Life is crazy right now and there is only so much we can do. Sometimes we may find ourselves feeling lost, bored, unproductive, or even energetic but we don’t know how to deal with it. Here at Westdale Community Centre, we have created an environment where we have services that can help support you. These include art sessions, guitar/piano lessons, fitness sessions, and more for those looking to learn or pass the time. Other services can include game events, simple gatherings, open mic talents time, limited job help and more coming soon. If you need someone to talk to we got you and we will also be touching upon topics that are relevant during these times to help inform people and spread awareness.
Date: Sunday, July 4th, 2021
Time: 6pm -9pm
"I had a great time and a great training on the said workshop. The preceptors were very friendly, accommodating and answers queries very well. The program also provided me great links and samples of resumes I could use, mock interviews were held for us to be able practice our confidence and be exposed to the pressure of an interview environment where I myself was trained to answer in a calm, smart and concise manner.
I am glad that projects like this exists, it helps a lot of people like me who is looking for a job. Mine was held at a perfect time as I had my interview that very same day, last Thursday, May 27, 2021, and as a testimony, I actually got the job! I applied as a Registered Nurse in a hospital in Toronto where I am now employed. And thanks to my experience with WCCM, I was equipped to ace an interview in my first take. I am truly blessed and I would recommend this to somebody I know of, who needs such trainings as well."