Because we all have moments that can be overwhelming and because life can cause us to feel anxious at times, I’m sharing 3 practices that help me when I’m feeling anxious.
Try one or try them all and take action the next time anxiety tries comes knocking.
1. Write it out
Whether you write it out in your journal or jot it down in your notes app, write down your thoughts. Some days I write down my emotions and other days I write down quick action items. Many times what is causing me to feel anxious is regarding a situation I cannot fix or change in the moment. Instead of allowing it to stew in my mind and consume my day, writing things down has a a way of helping me see that I am “taking action and I have a plan to navigate the problem or situation”
2. Share it with a trusted friend
Sometimes when I’m feeling anxious I call on a trusted friend or chat with my husband. I say it like this—you know what is causing me to feel anxious right now/lately? ___________. This allows BJ or my trusted friend to encourage me in the truth. Often times, just saying it out loud helps me realize I don’t have anything to worry about.
3. Create space
The world is noisy and sometimes our homes are too 😆 with four kids and access to the world on my phone, creating space is crucial. Examples—turning off your phone for an hour, going for a walk around the block, or sitting in your car for a few minutes.
This gives me a chance to breathe intentionally, shift my mindset and be in a posture to hear from God. I don’t hear God audibly, but I do hear him when I take a moment to silence the noise, and meditate on his word.
Here are some of my go-to scriptures:
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.” Luke 12:22