Best-selling author and speaker Rebekah Lyons can still remember her first full-blown panic attack like it was yesterday.
It was 2010, and Lyons was on a flight from Atlanta to New York sitting in the back row of the plane. As the plane began to descend for landing, she felt herself become panicked, unable to breathe. She collapsed on the floor of the plane, curled in a fetal position.
“It was terrifying,” she recalled in an interview with The Christian Post. “I stayed on the floor until all the other passengers got off the plane. I was so ashamed.”
Four months before that fateful day, Lyons and her family — her husband, Gabe, and their three children, all elementary school-aged at the time — had uprooted their life in the suburbs of Atlanta to Manhattan.
“That,” Lyons recalled, “is when the panic attacks began happening.”
Over the next several months, the panic attacks became more frequent and public, from a subway to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
“I started to shrink back and avoid being in crowded places,” she said. “It was so debilitating, and I didn’t know what to do.”
Desperate, Lyons cried out to God for rescue: “I was on my knees, crying, asking God for deliverance,” she said. “For the first time, I was flooded with peace. I didn’t have to run from public places for my panic to stop. All was still.”
“That,” she continued, “began a healing journey and caused me to re-examine my response to fear.”
As part of her path to healing, Lyons began practicing a simple, 15-minute morning routine to ease her anxiety. Through this practice, she discovered four, biblical rhythms to help replace stress and anxiety with peace and purpose: rest, restore, connect and create.
“God created everything in rhythm; we’ve got day and night, seasons that come back around,” she said. “Our bodies are made in rhythm: We have a heartbeat, pulse, breathing — all of it is rhythmic. God created these boundaries and rhythms as a framework for flourishing. When we get out of rhythm, our bodies and minds and passions pay the price.”
In her new book, Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose, Lyons pulls from her own journey with anxiety and depression to guide readers through those four life-giving rhythms to overcome fear and live an abundant, vibrant life.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett