It’s not easy to relinquish worry. Church folk will tell you to pray about it and/or give you a bunch a scriptures from the bible. For me, this made me feel inadequate. It made me worry more because it was so hard for me to not to worry. I don’t think people understand what it feels like to struggle with a mental illness. Even if people are trying to help, a lot of time it comes of as judgment and criticism. Instead of throwing scriptures at people or preaching at them, try giving them something positive to think about. If you are struggling, practice this step anytime you start to feel helpless or you feel like you’re losing hope.
Practice: Reflect on all the times God has proven to be on your side.
This could help diminish the anxiety you may feel surrounding the unknowns you may be thinking about.
2. Try Your Best NOT to Worry
25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about the food or drink you need to live, or about the clothes you need for your body. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes. 26 Look at the birds in the air. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. And you know that you are worth much more than the birds. 27 You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? Look at how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves. 29 But I tell you that even Solomon with his riches was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. 30 God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today but tomorrow is thrown into the fire. So you can be even more sure that God will clothe you. Don’t have so little faith! 31 Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 The people who don’t know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them. 33 Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well.
Telling somebody struggling with anxiety not to worry is like telling a toddler you just told no, not cry. It’s going to happen. Don’t we have to teach toddlers how to act and how to deal with being told no? It’s the same with anxiety. You have to be taught how not to worry, and it takes time and a lot of conscience efforts. With that being said, don’t be so hard on yourself when you see that yo may have fallen back into your worrying ways. I say this because God wants us to depend on on him and not ourselves. He want us to be healthy and not worn down by life. Worrying is damaging to your health. It can make you lose sleep, it can give you headaches, it can cause heart palpitations, and much more. Worrying can keep you from being productive,which is the ultimate plan of the devil. I believe that the devil know that if you manage to pull yourself together, he will not be able to stop you from doing the Will of God. Therefore, he tries to keep you down. Push through!!
Practice: Reflect on the times you were worried about something, and you later found out that God already had a plan for you!
Replay this in your mind when you don’t feel like getting up, or when you find yourself trying to make your own plans.
3. Meditate on Good Things
Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.
For people daily fighting anxiety and depression, we MUST guard our hearts! When I get in a funk, I tend to isolate myself from people. This is so dangerous if you are not isolation yourself to rejuvenate and meditate. Meditation is proven to be good for the soul. It helps ground you, and it can also help elevate you from your current mood.
Practice: Meditate on the scriptures provided here in this post and use the practice techniques to help wheel your thought back in.
Always remember, God got you! God loves you! He has good things planned for you! Let’s teach ourselves how to actively live with our trust in God.