Anxiety In Trying Times
Deut. 31:6- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
For some, anxiety is inevitable due to the constant information overload (meaning repeat information by local and national news, internet, or social media). For some, it is difficult to turn away when your anxiety ridden mind is consumed with worry, and continuous thoughts that can’t be shut off.
Turn your thoughts to what you do know- that God will never leave you. Make every day a time to focus on the presence of the Lord in your life. When worry creeps in, start talking to Him in prayer- wherever you are.
If things are more intense than usual for you right now:
- Turn off the news.
- Limit social media.
- Refrain from googling.
- While we practice social distancing from large crowds, take a walk, or gather in small groups for some light, laughter, and love.
- Find ways to help in your community that may not require much contact (deliver food to food banks or neighbors in need (especially toilet paper 😊), help the elderly who are most vulnerable).
- Keep to a regular sleep pattern.
But most of all, remember to whom you belong. God has your back!
People don’t always understand anxiety, and the complicated fight it requires to control our thoughts. It takes intentional and constant practice. Thankful, we are never alone in the struggle.
What are other ways you are helping yourself with anxiety through this unusual time?