How do we deal with anxiety? How do we navigate the battlefield that is our mind? well, there’s no simple answer to this question. It is frequently mistaken as being overly stressed. The sin of anxiety is separate from the mental health problem of anxiety, which is marked by physical abnormalities in the brain. Anxiety is a mental health concern, as well as a spiritual issue. It is a mental health disorder defined by persistent feelings of worry, anxiety, or dread, that interfere with one’s regular activities. Panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder are all common symptoms of anxiety. Unfortunately, anxiety disorders are on the rise, making it vital for the Church to grasp the magnitude of this problem.
Coping with Anxiety
Now that we’ve proven that anxiety isn’t a fictitious or frivolous problem, we return to our opening question, “How do we deal with anxiety?”. Perhaps, we need to comprehend the wider picture before we can answer the question. Our brain and our soul are connected in ways that we cannot fully comprehend. This indicates that there are physical and spiritual ways for dealing with the state of our brain and soul. Both sorts of anxiousness can be healed by God.
Give Your Thoughts and Life to Christ
At its best, anxiety distracts us from our relationship with God and the truth that He is “Lord of heaven and earth,” (Matthew 11:25). Anxiety, at its worst, is a terrible disease that takes over our minds and plunges our thoughts into darkness.
In Philippians chapter 4, the Bible states, “but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” And the peace of God, which transcends all comprehension, will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.”
Giving your life to Jesus is the first step toward overcoming anxiety. After you’ve completed this stage, practice focusing your attention on Christ and His promises. (See John 14:2-3). In the battlefield of our minds, we are to practice awareness of our thoughts and take them captive.
Self Care is God’s Care
Anxiety manifests itself when we least expect it. When we have too much on our plates, something happens. When we load on the hustle, busyness, activity, and too many yeses, our bodies have no other option than to say ‘No,’ and can shut down in unexpected ways. We must learn to be still and go before the Lord on a daily basis. It prevents the world within our heads from spinning off its axis. That is, to take a step back and to stop hustling. We must prioritize our time with Him and pay attention to what our bodies require. Resting, exercising, obtaining a healthy amount of sleep, and eating healing foods are all ways to help fight our battle against anxiety.