Practically everybody knows what it’s like to feel anxious, worried, nervous, afraid, uptight or panicky.  Often, anxiety is just a nuisance, but sometimes it can cripple you and prevent you from doing what you really want with your life.  But I have some great news for you: you can change the way you feel…David D. Burns.  “M just take a deep breath and calm down” I kept repeating while silently praying for help. “Go, Go, help” M kepted responding.  I managed to get M into the dental office.  In truth, I was feeling anxious about taking M to the dentist alone.  Sadly after the dental assistance called us back, M started demonstrating being anxious even more.  I felt his calmness slipping away, his behavior quickly turned into fight/flight mode.  Eventually, the doctor offered a private room to take M.  However, M needed more time to work through his feeling of being anxious.  The dental office staff helped me get M into a small quiet room.  Often during moments of feeling anxious, taking a deep breath offer us a moment of reflection.  That maybe this moment of anxiousness is just temporary, we’re going to be fine or everything will work out.  The feeling of being anxious can weigh heavily on our heart, I can testify to this truth. ‘Do not be afraid, for I am with you.  Do not be anxious for I am your God.  I will fortify you, yes, I will help you…'(Isaiah 41:10).  In moments of my own anxiousness combine with M’s anxiousness, faith in this truth bring comfort to my heart.  The minutes spent in the small room with M screaming and being physical required a lot of calmness on my part.  I am understanding not being anxious require a level of humility, it takes faith to believe when every problems/troubles are pouring down rain upon you, everything is still going to be fine.  Honestly, my words of reassurance to M did not help in this moment.  Instead, it was my action of completely removing M from the whole anxious situation of the dental office.  Yes, it did take four of us to get him to the car.  However after driving for a few minutes, M finally regained peace and hummed himself to sleep.  Later, I did reschedule M dental appointment to a early morning one, when office less crowded and no school or therapy are scheduled.  As a parent, I am responsible to teach M by example, not to be anxious and trust our Creator will help us in whatever we’re battling. Being anxious does not add anything to our life but only hinder our ability to enjoy the beauty of life!

Simply an autism mom holding onto faith and letting go being anxious





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