What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is defined as “painful or apprehensive uneasiness of the mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill; fearful concern or interest; … an abnormal or overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.”
When anxiety takes over, you are propelled out of the realm of the probable and into the improbable. Anxiety accelerates the common into the cataclysmic at rapid speed. Anxiety, then, is produced not by what you actually experience but by what you tell yourself; your thoughts determine your reality. When those thoughts are anxious, anxiety is what you’ll experience, no matter what is really happening. What you tell yourself—your thought-life—matters.
Let’s take a look at 5 tips that you can use right now to combat your anxiety! Share this with a friend if you know of someone struggling with crippling anxiety. Just letting someone know you’re thinking of them can provide a lot of comfort in moments of great pain.
5 Tips for Defeating Anxiety (with Verses!)
1. Turn Your Thinking Around
One way to combat a negative thought-life is to intentionally push out the negative with the positive.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. – Philippians 4:8
2. Remember Your Creator
Whenever your feel inadequate or unworthy, remember who it is that created you.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10
3. Reach Out
Find help by reaching out to wise people and explaining your situation.
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. – Proverbs 15:22
4. Be Aware of What’s Around You
Turn down the volume on negative thoughts by steering clear of negative people and situations by asking the Lord to guard your mind.
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. – Proverbs 2:11
5. This Too Shall Pass
Remember that your anxiety is temporary and it will pass.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18
These tips based off the Bible are from the NEW Seven Answers for Anxiety book by Dr. Gregory Jantz, and there’s SO much more where that came from! Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the country, affecting 40 million adults in the United States, according to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health. Find out how to break free from anxiety and how to help others find the peace God offers them with Jantz’s 7 Answers for Anxiety. Purchase it here!
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