Best Ways to Deal with Worry

Why_Worry_200x200.jpgEveryone struggles with worry on occasion - some more than others. Even as Christians, the struggles of this world or our doubts in God, can give “worry” the driver’s seat in our lives. However, this does not have to be the case. If you find yourself continually struggling with worry, try these five activities to help regain peace of mind.

Stop Expecting the Worst

One reason why worry is such a problem for most of us is that we have gotten into the habit of expecting the worst out of every situation. Worry tends to have a snowball effect in our minds - quickly spiraling out of control. In a matter of seconds, thoughts like “I wonder why my boss asked to talk to me later?”, can turn into “I must be getting fired!”

A crucial strategy for combating worry is to stop the cycle of negative thoughts and replace them with positive expectations. The negative outcome is always possible, but allowing yourself to get worked up over a possible adverse outcome will keep you from entering a situation with confidence, grace, and peace.

Realize That You Are Not Ultimately In Control

For many of us, relinquishing control of a situation can be a challenge. The unfortunate truth is, you and I are not actually in control of anything. This thought may be terrifying, but it is also liberating – especially if you struggle with worry.

As Christians, we acknowledge that God has complete control over our lives. While this does not give us license to make foolish decisions, it allows us to stop worrying so much about the outcome of every situation.

1 Peter 5:6-7 says, “Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” If we can relinquish control to God, he promises to take care of us.

Write It Down

Journaling about your worries, fears, and anxieties is an excellent way to put them to rest. Sitting down and prayerfully taking a good look at what is causing you to worry may help you realize that your concerns are either unfounded or simply not realistic.

This exercise can be especially helpful if you find that your worry is keeping you awake at night. Spending a few minutes journaling before you go to sleep will allow you to focus less on negativity and more on getting the rest you need.

Share

Luckily, you and I are not in this alone. Everyone struggles with worry, fear, and anxiety. The sad truth is - it is easy to deny our struggles to other people, but this is neither healthy nor productive. Finding someone safe to share your worries with can be extremely beneficial for working through them.

Sharing does not mean that you elect a friend or your spouse as your personal therapist! Just be open with the people who love you. By bringing our worries into the light and giving them a name, they become smaller and easier to face.

Sometimes it takes another perspective to help us realize that our concerns are nothing in comparison to God’s grace.

Pray

Prayer is the most powerful tool that we have against our worries and doubts. Through Jesus, we are given a direct link to the creator of the universe who not only listens but promises to take care of all our needs.

Prayer is so important to our daily lives that in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are invited to “pray without ceasing.” God wants us to bring our worries to him so that he can bring us his peace. 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Because of the world that we live in, we can expect to struggle with worry, doubt, and fear. However, we have not been left without the tools we need to deal with worry. By keeping a positive and realistic outlook and our lines of communication open, our worries can grow dim in comparison to God’s grace.

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