Overcoming Fear and Worry

 Book Cover - Overcoming Fear and Worry

The good news is, we can decide whether we prefer a life of fear and worry or a life of freedom from fear and worry.

Dr. H. Norman Wright’s book, Overcoming Fear & Worry is broken up into sections that help readers understand fear and worry and how to overcome both. It is an easy-reading book that offers practical ways to challenge and lift readers out of unhealthy and defeatist ways of thinking and behaving. The author discusses the healthy and unhealthy power of fear and the negative impact of worry, including how we view and relate to both, and what we allow or disallow.

The book addresses the causes and effects of fear, and helps readers to take inventory and assess the role allowed and assigned to it. This underscores the importance of how we relate to fear and worry in regard to decision-making and the impact in both pivotal and everyday decisions in our lives.

While fear can be a negative force–debilitating, paralyzing and often the cause of a life of mediocrity, the author says, “Hope is a totally different motivating force—a positive drive. Hope is like a magnet that draws you toward your goal. Hope expands your life and brings a message of possibility and change.”

The author also speaks to the correlation of fear and perfectionism, and “taming the monster of what-ifs”. He clearly discusses our human capacity to analyze, identify and re-train our minds about the thoughts that form beliefs that we eventually act upon.

“The fear of life is actually more debilitating than the fear of death. Fear disables. Fear shortens life. Fear cripples our relationships with others. Fear blocks our relationship with God.”

Readers will learn how the roles of physiology, genetics/biochemistry and personality relate to fear and worry; and, how real or imagined fears and worry play a part in our emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.

The book offers practical advice on how to rearrange destructive “what if” scenarios into potential for positive outcome “what if” scenarios; and replacement thoughts and statements. All meant to help re-align a person’s thinking with reality, logic and/or real possibility.

Unhealthy fears and worry starve our potential and strangulate our freedom keeping us from living our best lives. Learn how to break patterns of fear and worry and re-focus on solutions versus problems from a biblical perspective.

This book is ideal for individuals seeking freedom from the burdens created by fear and worry and as a tool for use in a group study/discussion. It would also work well as a guide or supplement for counseling situations.

About the Author

Dr. H. Norman Wright is a grief and trauma therapist and a licensed marriage, family and child therapist. He has been on the faculty of Biola University and Talbot School of Theology, where he has taught graduate students in counseling and psychology for four decades. He has authored more than 80 books including Experiencing Grief and Recovering from the Losses in Life. 

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Note: Rose Publishing provided me with an advanced reader copy of this book.

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™–”Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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Depression: Walking From Darkness Into the Dawn

Women experience twice the rate of depression as men. -The National Alliance on Mental Health

Depression is crippling. It has the power to change the course of people’s lives, their relationships, opportunities, and futures. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, when people suffer with depression it interferes with daily life and causes pain not only to the sufferer, but those who care about them. Though depression is common, it is a serious illness. From the outside looking in, it’s hard to imagine that nearly 1 million people “end their journey of isolation and hope by taking their own life” every year.

Depression is Debilitating

I saw a brilliant man who was tormented with his own demons. Tormented with self doubt, self-hate. I did not fully understand what was happening to him, and that is when I realized he had been hiding his darkness. –Katrina

Depression: Walking From Darkness Into the Dawn is part of the Hope for the Heart series authored by June Hunt. Hunt is a popular speaker, radio host, and counselor known for offering biblical hope and practical help at pivotal times in people’s lives. She writes, “Those who struggle in the darkness of depression have difficulty seeing the good in their circumstances and especially in themselves.” Hunt helps people understand where depression originates, why it keeps them stuck, and how to walk out of the darkness and into the light.

“In wearing masks, we try to protect our hearts and hide who we really are and what we don’t want to face.”

Understanding the Basics

Readers will learn:

Definitions of Depression: Including psychological depression, classic types of depression and specific definitions of mood disorders.

Characteristics of Depression: Including normal depression, masked depression, neurotic depression, and psychotic depression.

Causes of Depression: Including physical, emotional and spiritual-related depression.

Steps to Solution: Including “taking off masks”; creating a personal timeline of meaningful events to help in assessing roots and causes; Do’s and Don’ts for Family and Friends; and, How You Can Help sections.

Connecting the Dots

“Depressed people see life through a black filter, feeling hatred toward themselves, hopeless about their situations and hopeless over their future.”

Depression affects the whole person. In her book, Hunt speaks to the emotional connection with depression including repressed anger and bitterness; a physical connection including hormonal imbalances, genetic vulnerabilities and healthy lifestyle choices; and a spiritual connection including suppressed fears (abandonment, rejection, failure) and internalized stress (relationships, finances, responsibilities).

Getting Help

Readers will learn what it means for their heart to be in a “state of depression”; how life events (rejection, abuse, divorce, death); medications; and negative or destructive thought patterns can contribute to depression.

After establishing the “what” and “whys” of depression, the author offers positive and empowering counsel on how to begin walking out of the darkness of depression. A common and critical theme throughout the booklet is the importance of replacing dark thoughts with truth (reality). She suggests writing a Thanksgiving List, getting outside of yourself by helping others, allowing for healthy grieving and healing when appropriate, and more. She also lists related scripture verses and a Q&A section; and encourages readers to seek professional medical help as needed.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, help is available and relief is possible. This biblical-based booklet will provide a quick overview with both practical and spiritual help for individuals or counselors.

Author June Hunt

About the Author

June Hunt is a biblical counselor whose award-winning radio program “Hope for the Heart” is heard on nearly 900 radio outlets around the world. She is a sought-after public speaker on topics such as crisis counseling, child abuse, forgiveness and self-worth. Her “Hope for the Heart” booklets have been translated into 27 languages.

Additional Resources:

National Alliance on Mental Health: Women and Depression

Mayo Clinic: Depression in Women: Understanding the Gender Gap

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

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Note: Rose Publishing provided me with an advanced reader copy of this booklet.

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™–”Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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GO RED FOR WOMEN 2013

Go Red For Women is an answer to The American Heart Association’s call asking America to go out and paint the town red to show support for women and heart disease.

One of the greatest myths about heart disease is that it is an illness that only affects older men.  As a response and call to dispel that myth, The American Heart Association created Go Red For Women. In their words, it’s “a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.”

Go Red For Women raises awareness, encourages women to band together in their efforts to fight heart disease, empowers them by providing educational tools, and encourages them to reduce their personal risk by leading a more aware and healthy lifestyle.

Here are 3 quick facts you may not know about women and heart disease:

  • Heart Disease is the number 1 killer of women
  • Heart Disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined
  • Heart Disease is the cause of death of 1 in 3 women, about one death every minute

Learn More: Heart Disease Statistics at a Glance  and Common Myths About Heart Disease. Watch the Official GoRed4Women You Tube Video: “The Real Women of 2012”.

Contributing to Women’s Heart Health is only a heartbeat away! You can SHOP and/or DONATE online today.    

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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Heart Health for the Love of Women

 

Art, music and poetry often and beautifully portray and celebrate women with effusive hearts, unfettered passions, and a zest for life. Yet sadly, a fact about women and their hearts may come as a very unwelcome surprise.  

Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of Women in the United States. In 2004, the Amercian Heart Association reported that 500,000 women died because of heart disease and in 2008, (the most current data report) the National Institute of Health reported that 1 in 4 women died because of heart disease.

We’ve come a long way in raising the pink flag, so-to-speak, about the devastating truth and threat of breast cancer in women, and we will continue to raise awareness and fight for a cure.  We need to do the same for heart disease in women. Let’s get educated and raise the figurative red flag of advocacy for women’s heart health.  We can do both. We need to do both… for ourselves, our daughters, and their daughters. February is American Heart Month.

Who are the women in your life that you love? 

What Exactly is Heart Failure?

Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood through the heart to meet the body’s need for blood and oxygen, disabling it’s ability to meet it’s workload. It is a serious condition that usually has no cure. Learn More. The good news is, we can play an active role in preventing heart disease and maintaining a healthy heart.

Too Much of a Good Thing

For years we’ve heard that smoking, lack of exercise and too many fried foods could contribute to life-altering heart diseases. But they aren’t the only the culprits. 

You probably wouldn’t guess that 9 out of 10 people consume way too much sodium. Why is this important?  Because excessive sodium consumption raises blood pressure. Why is that important? Because it is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. And, that is important because heart disease and stroke are the nation’s first and fourth leading causes of death. Check out the new CDC report that identifies the top ten food categories that contribute most to sodium consumption. But excessive sodium isn’t the only problem. According to the article Protein and Heart Health, most people are also eating far too much protein. But wait, there’s more… Managing stress, sleep and alcohol are also important to maintaining a healthy heart!

A Healthy Perspective

Many of us women are “good-to-go” in certain areas of our lives and yet, greatly lacking in others. While some take great care to invest in our family and friends, manage our sleep and nurture our talents, for example, we neglect regular exercise and consume too many of the wrong foods. On the other hand, many of us fall into a pattern of thinking we are not under threat of heart disease because we maintain a healthy weight and exercise regimen, and yet, we are chronically sleep-challenged, rarely take time to breathe and nurture our own interests, and live with stress levels that are off the charts. 

The healthiest perspective is to balance the realities in our lives–both the external demands and the internal needs.

Finding the Right Balance: Awareness vs Action

Awareness is a glance in the right direction, but it isn’t enough. We need to take a step in that right direction. Begin with small adjustments and work into a healthier routine. Be honest. Get an accountability buddy if you need to. And, don’t beat yourself up–just get started. The results will be your reward.  Happy heart, happy you!

Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference

We live in a society where people are constantly bombarded with busy schedules, constant pressures and real or imagined expectations. We think we don’t have time to eat healthy or get regular exercise.  We think we’re too busy to plan ahead, but have you ever noticed that we “find” time to be available for everything else but that? In reality, who has ultimate control over our schedules?  Bingo. We do. 

Here are some friendly reminders of things you can start doing today. Notice these all begin with an action word. That means making a decision to partner with our own best interests to stay healthy:

  • Move more (use at least as many calories as you take in)
  • Evaluate & Manage your stress load
  • Quit smoking
  • Drink more water
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Start choosing more healthy over less healthy (whole grains, lean meats & low-fat dairy vs. fatty foods, fried foods & sugary snacks)

Next time you think you don’t have time for any of this getting more heart-smart stuff, ask yourself if you are ready to be slowed down and lose time, opportunities, relationships, (or your life) because you didn’t pay attention. You are worth it. Your family and friends are worth it.

Here’s to a Happy {Healthy} Heart!

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardovascular diseases and stroke.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides global leadership for a research, training, and education programs to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Heart Association, NHLBI, Harvard Health Publications

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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