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Anxious? 5 Effective Ways To Stop Worrying

Photo Credit: ShutterstockArticle By Vanda Albright:: EEW Magazine

A knotted up stomach, clammy hands, tense body and restless mind, are all side effects of worry. No one likes it, but few know how to stop it.

Share Worry, which is essentially giving over to feelings of anxiety or unease and allowing your mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles, is common for millions of people—Believers or not.

The hectic grind of day to day life—work, school, ministry, family responsibilities, or some combination of all these things, can amount to burnout and stress in your life.

If, lately, you have found yourself worrying about what tomorrow holds while trying to hold it all together today, there are 5 solutions to help you stop worrying.

Interested in learning how in the world you can get away from the noise of life, clear your head and find that “peace that surpasses all understanding” that  Philippians 4:7 talks about?

Here are the ways.

1. Read Matthew 6:25-34.
These are among the most focused scriptures to help you combat worry. No matter how many times you read these verses, they never get old and always speaks to the reality of your situation.

Matthew 6:34 sums it all up perfectly, saying, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

2. See what you might need to eliminate.
Aside from reading God’s word and meditating on what He says about allowing life’s burdens to weigh too heavily on your mind, make sure there aren’t things you’re doing to contribute to the problem.

Are there toxic relationships draining your energy? Are you trying to spread yourself too thin with commitments at home, work, or church?

Be honest and evaluate your life, so you can get clear-headed enough to understand and face what’s really bugging you underneath it all.

3. Change what you can.
Sometimes, we have a tendency to worry about things we can work on. If you can’t do anything about it, that’s one thing. But when you have the power to change circumstances for the better, act on what is within your realm of capability.

Are you worried about basic and easily resolvable health challenges? Then, eat better, exercise, get plenty of rest and so on.

Worried about the budget? Curb your spending and cut out the non-essentials to give yourself a bit of breathing room.

Do what you can and leave the rest to God.

4. Pray without ceasing.
My grandmother used to have a saying: “Pray about everything. Worry about nothing.”

The Bible says we ought always pray and not lose heart in Luke 18:1.  When we give our worries to God, we release that heavy weight and transfer the situation into capable hands.

Prayer helps you fix your mind on God, who is greater than any worry or concern you may be dealing with on any given day. Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there.

5. Stop thinking negative thoughts.
Drumming up worst case scenarios is like hitting a mental panic button. If we believe the worst, we will worry and fear that it will come to pass.

Instead of being morbid and fatalistic in your view of life, choose to believe the best. Whenever bad thoughts try to overtake your mind, speak the word of God.

Jeremiah 29:11 is a definite favorite: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”

So the next time you feel tempted to worry, do what 1 Peter 5:7 says: “Throw all your worry on him, because he cares for you.” (ISV)

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