Welcome Yesterday I shared a little about anxiety and how it impacts me with a “fear of fellowship” on some occasions. Today I’m going share a little further about anxiety. I will remind my audience once again, I AM NOT A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL. The information I share in this post is from my own experiences and opinions. The following information is not intended to diagnose or treat any conditions. If you or a loved one struggle with anxiety or other mental health concerns, please seek professional help. For today’s recipe I have a rich, cheesy pasta dinner recipe to share. Thanks for stopping by. Note–I may receive a small compensation from advertisers or affiliate links seen in this blog. For further information, please see my terms and disclosure page.
Food For Thought I recently read the quote, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” It was credited to Eleanor Roosevelt, but after doing some research, this is not exactly what she said. She actually said “Do that one thing you think you cannot do.” I found this information on a very interesting website called Quote Investigator because I wanted to know a little more about why she may have said that. I read it and immediately thought ANXIETY and wondered if Mrs. Roosevelt had ever experienced anxiety herself. It turns out she probably did, because she included this next quote in her 1960 book You Learn By Living in the chapter on fear: “Fear has always seemed to me to be the worst stumbling block which anyone has to face. It is the great crippler. Looking back, it strikes me that my childhood and my early youth were one long battle against fear.” For anyone that lives with any form of anxiety, this quote IS their daily life. And they’re not seeking it out, trust me. Most people with anxiety face at least one thing every day that scares them. For me, it can be as simple as going to a different store to shop for groceries. Or my recent trips to the AT&T store. Since I have left my regular job, I’ve tried to take on some of the tasks that my husband has previously done, to help him out and logically I have more time to do them. He has previously taken care of any bills or issues involving our technology devices. A couple of weeks ago I decided to start doing this for him, to be helpful. The night before my first trip into this store, I freaked out, mostly because I didn’t know what to expect when I got there. Honestly, it was fine, even though I had stomach pains on the drive there. My second trip last week didn’t go as well, and I’ll spare you the ridiculous details, but it has led my husband to take back this responsibility. I think he may find my panic and stress not worth the time it saves him. It just makes me feel like a “big dummy.”
There are approximately 40 million people in America that have some type of anxiety disorder. That’s about 12% of the US population. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines anxiety as an apprehensive uneasiness or nervousness usually over an impending or anticipated ill. The American Psychological Association defines anxiety as a mood characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes such as increased blood pressure. We all know that occasional moments of anxiety is a normal part of life…there are experiences and circumstances that we dread or worry about. This often protects our safety or prevents us from making a rash decision that could have a harmful outcome. However, anxiety becomes a disorder when it is frequent, intense, excessive, and persistent and occurs over common everyday situations. There are several disorders that fall under the anxiety umbrella: generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), and separation anxiety. Some people have more than one type of anxiety. And likely they are forcing themselves to do something every day that scares them. Personally, I don’t like to be scared. I don’t like scary movies and as an adult I never ride roller coasters or other “scary” rides. But many days I have to face activities and situations that make me scared or anxious. I just don’t think I would intentionally seek out something that scares me every day, as the original quote claims.
What’s interesting about this, to me, is things that other people get scared or anxious about, I don’t mind. My husband and I love to hike and I don’t mind remote trails with precarious rock outcroppings and the potential to encounter bears or snakes. I’ve been swimming in the ocean and it was amazing. Those things don’t scare me. My brother and daughter both have astraphobia, or a severe fear of thunder and lightning (storms). I love thunderstorms and can watch and listen to them for hours. No, someone like me gets scared about walking into the AT&T store or a potluck lunch at church. There is no sense of logic to anxiety, but there are coping mechanisms that can be extremely helpful. And even more important is a supporting family and a faith in God to get me through these anxious places in life. If you are interested in strategies, self-care, and coping mechanisms for dealing with anxiety or other issues, check out my Mental Health board on Pinterest.
Today’s Scriptures As a Christian, I am very aware that I am not supposed to worry or be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6). I work on this every single day. I pray about it. I study about it. I am seeking God’s help during my times of anxiousness as well as his help for my anxiety. Like many areas of my life where I need extra work and practice, I seek scripture to help me with these struggles. Here are a few verses today that address my needs.
Proverbs 12:25 “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” So true!
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Today’s Prayer My Dear God, every day I bring to You my worries and cares and anxieties and they are many. I pray that You will bring me comfort and peace. I pray for strength to accomplish the tasks at hand, even when I’m scared or anxious. I pray for anyone who may be experiencing these same difficulties. I pray that if they have not yet discovered Your peace and calm that they may come to know that You can ease all of our anxieties and worries, like no other. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Today’s Recipe You may not believe this, but one of the things I feared for a very long time was frying bacon. I was absolutely terrified of being splashed with hot bacon grease! But I love the taste of bacon…all that salty, fatty goodness! When we were first married, my husband helped me out by doing a lot of the bacon frying. But of course there came a time when I needed bacon for a recipe and he wasn’t available. I had to do (at least) one thing that scared me that day! Yes, I fried my own bacon, and came away without injury! I’ve been frying my own bacon for about a decade now. Big talk from someone who’s about to turn 40! And I actually have experienced some burns and even was popped in the eye with hot bacon grease. Terrible experiences, but brief; what I feared happened did, and I lived to tell about it. So, today’s recipe has to have bacon. This is my version of Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta Bake, inspired by Dinner Then Dessert.
Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta Bake (serves 6-8)
- 16-oz pkg rotini pasta
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast, cut into cubes
- 1-oz packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix, divided
- 4 TBS butter
- 1 TBS minced garlic
- 1 cup cream (or whole milk)
- 8-oz pkg shredded pepper jack cheese
- cracked black pepper, to taste
- 3-oz can of sliced black olives
- 3 green onions, sliced
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Step-by-step picture directions:
I used 3 pans and a colander to complete this meal. I used my Calphalon Every Day pan for the bacon and chicken. I used my Calphalon Dutch oven for the pasta and sauce. I used a Corning Ware 9×13 casserole to bake the pasta in the oven. I used a colander to drain the pasta. If interested in these products, check out these links (verified on 10/4/17 at 12:03 pm, CDT):