Removing Your Road Blocks

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I struggle with anxiety and depression. I get overwhelmed. I overthink and overanalyze most things in my life. And I hit road blocks.

Road blocks like fear, sadness, anger, worry, doubt.

And too often these road blocks seem immovable… impenetrable… impossible.

I can’t tell you how many times my husband and I have had conversations like: “I can’t do it, it’s just too much!” or “I’m so worried I’m not going to get everything done on time!” or “I need to know what the future holds because I need to be able to plan for it or everything will fall apart and the world will end!”

Ok, maybe that last one was exaggerated… a little… but you get the idea.

In those moments I feel paralyzed, as if nothing I do will make a difference to the circumstances, or even as if there’s nothing I can do. Maybe you’ve felt the same way?

I want to tell you a few things:

  1. You’re not alone. Seriously, if you feel like you’re up a creek without a paddle, you’re in good company! Many, many people in all walks of life struggle with feeling the same way you do – from students to young professionals to newlyweds to parents to entrepreneurs to retirees; from teenagers to 20-somethings to middle-agers and beyond. In this fast-paced, hyper-busy world we live in, anxiety and depression are growing problems in our society. This brings me to the next thing:

  2. There is help. If you feel helpless, hopeless, at the end of your rope, there is hope! First and foremost, I recommend taking a step back from the situation, breathing, praying, and searching Scripture. But there are also numerous anecdotes of successful people who struggle with anxiety, with depression, with failure, with doubt, and with fear. What’s more, there are numerous stories of those and other successful people who overcame their episodes of anxiety, depression, failure, doubt, and fear. And if that’s not enough, there is an ever-growing list of personal resources such as psychiatrists, therapists, support groups, forums, and apps to help you. These allow safe places to talk through your situation, your feelings, your worries, and to find a way to remove your road blocks.

  3. You can do it. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that road blocks happen but they are not immovable. Yes, they’re scary. Yes, they seem impossible in the moment. And yes, you can overcome them. If you’re having a hard time seeing around your obstacle, no matter what it is, try to move on to something else for the time being. Work on another task that will take your mind off of the problem. Or, move on to finding a solution – whether it’s talking to someone, finding inspiration, or finding peace.

The most important thing to remember when you find yourself struggling is: keep moving! Even if your road block seems like it’s not going anywhere, don’t give up and don’t give in.