I have been open with you all about my battle with Anxiety. Anxiety has been a living breathing part of my life since I was a young child as it is for many of us and I am determined to live openly with it. I am also determined to hold onto Hope and Joy as I battle through it.
I go years without so much as a glimpse of this unwelcome friend. Then suddenly it returns with such force that it could become debilitating. This summer has been the worst in years and it has only just begun.
In January I shared with you how I use Philippians 4:8 to help me keep my Peace of Mind. That was not just something I wrote about. I literally cling to those weapons to fight this battle. And the Lord keeps putting them in front of me… even unexpectedly in a new study, I’m taking at our Church (I AM Potential).
Throughout that series, I heard from many of you who face the same battle. Speaking out about this important issue creates safe space.
Safe space for others to live openly with their struggle and find support.
Just a disclaimer: I am not a counsellor (Though I have seen several) or a Dr. Sometimes Anxiety and depression can be managed without either, but often they can not. Never be afraid to get help. There is NO shame in that. Healing is important and you should use every resource available to get to a healthy mental place!
These are the 4 strategies I use to Find Hope and Joy while Battling Anxiety.
To Battle Anxiety I read scripture
I have spent a lot of time this month pouring scripture into my brain as I fight. Can I share these verses with you to help with your journey to Overcome Anxiety as well?
To Battle Anxiety, I Pray
After I find verses, I pray that scripture back to God -claiming His promises
The prayers look different in each situation, but they start in the same place. I choose to Respond to the Anxiety rather than react to it.
When I react, I lose the battle.
To respond I need a plan.
Another Tip that helps me Overcome Anxiety is to put the verses where I can see them often.
I keep the verses on my phone to remind me how to Respond rather than react!
On Monday’s I have this Acronym on my phone to remind me of God’s truths!
It also helps me find hope and joy while battling Anxiety to turn off technology (Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/etc.)
Technology seems to add stress to my life distracting me from my priorities. Often I need to spend time alone with God or with friends who are encouraging and uplifting. A Fast from Social Media can be super helpful
(I have a few who fit that bill, but I haven’t always. I spent years praying for good friends. God is faithful and will do this for you as well!)
The last tip to help overcome Anxiety is to turn on Worship Music
If I am still battling at this point I turn off anything but God (this includes the radio and the TV) and pour in godly music. Music calms me in ways nothing else can. But Worship music calms me and takes me to the throne room where I can fall at His feet.
I have a few playlists on YouTube
that I love. You are welcome to them.
I hope that helps in your journey. Do you do anything different? Or is there a verse or song that helps you? Share it in the comments and encourage someone today! I know I will be encouraged by it!