Today I woke up feeling anxious. Its something many of us have experienced and is caused by many different things from being overworked, over thinking, not dealing with our worries, concerns, hormones, negative thought patterns, our environment, relationships, our past intruding on our future and outside influences or “noise”.
Anxiety is at epidemic proportions in our society and is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
Yet in amongst all this anxiety when we listen to Jesus and what He says in His word and whispers in our spirits is, “Don’t be anxious about anything, but by prayer and bringing our requests to Him we will know peace.” And peace is what we all need.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Everyone’s anxiety triggers are different, but for me I’ve learnt that if I don’t keep a watch on my thoughts and my schedule I will end up feeling anxious with worries, concerns, negative thinking, and a mindset of preparing and waiting for something bad to happen.
On top of that is my tenancy to get too busy and to not take time out to prosper my soul – as in, to do and be in places which feed and nourish my heart, emotions and mind.
However the more I spend time with Jesus the more I learn and realise that He actually wants us to learn from Him how to live freely and lightly. He wants us to keep in the habit of bringing our concerns and requests to Him so He can help us deal with them and so He can answer our prayers. Heaven is on standby and at the ready to make that happen.
We were never created to do it alone and He has wisdom and power to enable us to live a full abundant life, plus He has positioned people who are prepared to encourage and share our life with us and to make our journey bigger, better and brighter.
Today as I wokeup and practiced some self awareness as to what was causing me to feel anxious I checked in on my thoughts, chose to deal with some issues, handed over to Jesus some things out of my control ,(but not beyond His loving care) and got my schedule for the next few days out of my head and onto paper so I could delegate, offload and prioritize.
Some other keys I also use to help me when I’m feeling anxious and to hopefully prevent me going to that space in the first place are to:
Exercise regularly – cardio as well as weights
Get outside in the fresh air
Challenge any negative thoughts. To ask myself “are these thoughts true and valid or just full of fear, doubt ans lies?”
Read and declare God’s promises in His Word, and remember what He has spoken and done for me already.
Fix my attention on Jesus and heaven “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2)
Listen to encouraging preaching that builds my faith and reminds me of God’s goodness
Spend time with Jesus and with others who know Him and will pray and encourage me in my faith and believing
Use a diary to keep my schedule under control
Have time away from technology and social media
Discover and participate in things that prosper my soul, just for fun
Communicate with and share my life with others
I want to encourage you today that if you struggle with anxiety or have those days where you just don’t feel good, know that you are not alone. Jesus promises He will help; He wants and will lift the burdens from us if we will roll them over to Him, and there are people available for us to talk to.
“Beloved, I pray you to prosper concerning all things and to be in good health, just as yiur soul prospers.” ( 3 John 1:2)
“Leave all your cares and anxieties at the feet of the Lord, and measureless grace will strengthen you” (Psalm 55:22)
Prayer: Lord I give you my anxious thoughts and ask you to help me to deal with those things that trigger anxiety in me. I trust in your goodness and the promises in your word and declare today is a good day and everything is working out for me. In Jesus name