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How Faith Can Guide You Through Anxiety

A guest article by Sophie Letts meditationhelp.net

As a natural reaction to threats, anxiety can help us to remain alert, focused, and motivated when we face danger, pressure, or other challenges. But as you know, anxiety can quickly become unhealthy.

If you’re dealing with relentless or overwhelming anxiety, it’s critical that you take steps to manage it and prevent future anxiety attacks. Our Savior has not called us to live in fear or worry, and He has the answers for your anxiety. Below, Healing Cancer Naturally discusses how to conquer your anxiety with Jesus at the helm.

Make practical changes.

God often gives us desires that match up with His will. While there’s nothing wrong with working a job that you don’t like because you need to provide for your family, if your job is causing anxiety attacks, it might be time to re-evaluate your career.

Consider the interests and skills you’ve acquired over the years. Then, brainstorm career ideas that you could pursue. If you realize that you need a degree for your new line of work, you could maintain some flexibility by taking online courses. That way, you would be able to study anything from business to healthcare to behavioral science without neglecting your work and family responsibilities.

Take it to Him.

Life circumstances are most often the culprit of anxiety attacks, even if the specific trigger is hard to identify. Early in his ministry, Jesus told His disciples: "Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?" (Matthew 6:26-27).

The Apostle Peter urges the anxious Christ follower: "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7). Furthermore, David recounted to the Almighty, "When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy." (Psalm 94:19).

These are just a few of many places in Scripture that specifically address anxiety. No matter your circumstance, God has made it clear that He cares about you and that He can provide the peace you need. Give Him your burdens, and spend time in His presence.

Stay in the Word.

While it would be ideal to be able to spend hours in his presence each day, that’s not really an option for some of us. But try to read the Bible every day, even if it’s for five minutes. And invite the Spirit to speak to your situation. Just a little bit of truth can make all the difference in keeping anxiety at bay.

Listen to worship music.

We have access to nonstop news and other media, much of which is fear-based. Try filtering what you listen to and watch.

You don’t have to become an uninformed hermit to guard your heart. Simply take breaks from the things that are taking your peace. For example, instead of turning on the news first thing in the morning, put on some worship music, reflect on God’s goodness, and sing His praises.

Take care of your body.

The state of your physical health is deeply connected to that of your mental health. Make sure you’re taking every step possible to stay physically fit and try to exercise five days a week. If you’re too busy during the week, you can still stay fit by walking more often and taking the stairs instead of the elevator when possible.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet. That applies to those who work from home, too! Also, limit your caffeine consumption. And try to get at least seven hours of sleep per night. Form healthy habits that will boost your confidence and help you flourish for years to come.

Connect with others.

Finally, don’t try to go through this battle alone. While Jesus is ultimately enough, the journey is a lot easier when you have friends and family members to lean on. Stay connected to your local church, spend time with loved ones, and look for a support group that can help you navigate anxiety.

You don’t have to keep allowing anxiety to control your life. Cast your cares on Jesus, spend time in His presence, and engage Scripture. Remember to live a healthy lifestyle and stay connected with people who can encourage you in the faith. Lastly, the next time you feel another anxiety attack coming on, remember that Jesus will walk through the fire with you.

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