Are you feeling an undercurrent of anxiousness today? Many people are, I am sensing a heaviness and an annoying low-frequency buzz across Social Media and in the lives of those around me. There is a way to combat that.
Do ONE thing today that makes a positive difference. Anxiousness is a byproduct of helplessness. Helpless is a lying emotion, designed to keep us bound to our circumstances. No matter how we feel helpless, there is always something we have the ability to change in our lives.
Here are some ‘one’ things to get you started:
- Make your bed – Tidy up one thing in your life that is well in your reach to tidy. It could be an apology you need to make; it could be an appointment you’ve been putting off making.
- Take out the trash, including those trashy thought patterns that have been roaming around in your head.
- Send a thank you note to the last person who went out of their way to help you.
- Take your coffee/tea/water break outside, leave your electronics behind including your cell phone. Look around your surroundings, be intentionally aware of the beauty, there is always beauty if you look for it.
- Exercise, even if it’s just walking up and down a block once.
- Unfollow Social Media accounts whose one goal is to stir up controversy so they can get more ad revenue. If a site is plastered with advertisements – that’s a good indicator they are rabble rousing for revenue. If your anxiousness rises every time you visit a certain blog or news commentary site, it’s time to ditch that site
- Limit your news intake to 15 minutes a day, maximum. That includes surfing the net, watching cable news, etc. Get the headlines but don’t stay there and graze.
- Invest in an audio version of your go-to Bible. Listen to it as you take care of a chore you’ve been avoiding.
- Turn off your TV and only turn it on when you want to watch a specific program. Be intentional in what you are watching. Stop channel surfing just because you are bored.
- Put on instrumental worship music to fill the ‘space’ if you are used to having your TV on for background noise.
- Here are some Bible verses to meditate upon. God’s truth will always reign over our circumstances and emotions, not the other way around.
- Read another article I wrote on this subject: Anxiety has no rightful place in a Christian’s heart
Remember this truth: Anxiousness has no legal rights to remain in the heart of any believing Christian. You have the power to kick it to the curb. Seek godly, wise counsel if anxiety is a roommate in your life and you are having trouble evicting it on your own.
I HIGHLY recommend this classic if you struggle with anxiety.
All Bible verses, unless otherwise attributed, are from the English Standard Version (ESV).
Until Next Week
©2017 Katherine Walden
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