8 actions to overcome anxiety
Updated: Sep 14
“Anxiety is a down payment on a problem you may never have.”
Anxiety is a thread that seems to be woven into most of the situations I face. It is something I battle with often.
Whether the circumstance is minor, such as a trying task at work or major like the loss of a loved one, I often feel that I am not just battling the situation at hand, but also the anxiety attached to it.
Furthermore, I believe most of us understand this dilemma. That it is not just the sheer weight of the opposition ahead that weighs us down, but the unprecedented worry and angst that is tethered to it.
We face this problem every day in multiple ways.
We face it at work. Because it is not necessarily the time or energy commitment regarding our tasks that gets to us, instead it is the concern of what will happen if they are not done perfectly and in a timely manner.
We face it in school. In view of the fact that the effort we put forth towards an exam is one thing, but the angst that comes with pondering how difficult the exam might be and the negative ramifications of failing it overwhelms us more than any study regiment.
And now, we face it every time we leave the house or are around people. Seeing that being sick with COVID is certainly not ideal, but most of us are sick with the worry of getting it instead of the actual disease.
Problems, setbacks, and issues come into all our lives, but they are not what drive us off track. It is the anxiety the goes along with them that does.
With all of this, here are 8 actions you can take when you feel anxiety attacking you so that you can stay on track and impactful for the glory of God:
1. Talk to someone you trust. Talking about our problems will help us do one of two things. One, discover that we are worried for nothing. Or two, find solid solutions by getting another perspective on our problem.
2. Turn off your phone. Do not get on social media or try to distract yourself with YouTube. Put the phone away for an hour or two and allow your mind to relax. It processes better that way.
3. Do breathing exercises. Deep breathing is a great way to lower stress and anxiety. Breathing deeply sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax, because that is how you breath naturally when you are relaxed.
4. Make a gratitude list. It is our problem focused perspective that causes us to craft the negative narratives that make us anxious. So, work on changing your focus from all the things that are not going well to the things that are. Take 10 minutes and list 10-20 things you are grateful for. It can be possessions you own, friends you have, compliments you were given etc.
5. Exercise. Go on a run/walk, lift weights, or just do some pushups. Exercise is a great way to release some endorphins (feel good chemicals in your body) and get your mind off things.
6. Write out what you are worried about. Grab some paper and jot down your feelings. Put everything you have in your head on that paper. It will help you gather your thoughts and keep from feeling overwhelmed.
7. Pray. God instructs us to cast all anxiety and points of stress onto Him (1 Peter 5:7). The way we do that is through prayer. He commands this so that we do less stressing and more kingdom work.
8. Positive Self – Talk. Anxiety stems from the negative self – talk in your mind reminding you of all the things that can go wrong. Though this is detrimental when the voice is negative, it can have the opposite effect when the self – talk is edifying and encouraging. Next time you are anxious, roll through some positive “I am” statements and remind yourself of all that is good and great about you and your life.
*You can also sing along to some of your favorite worship songs. This is a great way to shift your perspective from your problems to the God who has dominion over them*
This is not an exhaustive list, but they are extremely valuable weapons in the fight against anxiety. Give them a try the next time worry walks into your life – you won’t regret it!
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