Living with Anxiety as a Christian

Living with Anxiety as a Christian

Anxiety can sometimes feel as though you have a giant cloud lingering over your head, no matter where you go it is there.  This might be something you have experienced for months or even years.  But living with anxiety is not something you have to do forever.  There are spiritual ways you can find freedom from your worries.

The Lord did not create you to live a life enslaved to your fears.  Sometimes when you have experienced anxiety for so long it starts to feel comfortable or normal.  You can begin to forget that anxiety is not a set part of your personality. This blog will go over spiritual steps you can take in order to cope with your anxiety.

Self-Care

Since your body has been given to you by God, it is your responsibility to take care of who you are mentally and physically.  This may sound like common sense but in our society it’s rare to find someone investing consistent time in true self care.  You may have read or heard the Scripture from 1st Corinthians 6:19-20 which says: 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore we can immediately debunk the myth that self care is selfish. God actually wants you to take care of yourself.  And since your body is a temple then taking care of yourself is an act of worship.  And, when we take care of ourselves consistently then anxiety can start decreasing.

Here are some ways you can show yourself love through self care:

  • Be still and off all devices- spend time alone and with God
  • Get your body moving
  • Feed your body spiritually- read God’s word, pray for others, practice gratitude daily
  • Feed your body physically- eat and drink foods and beverages that fuel your body to perform and move you to better health.
  • Create a routine that is healthy for you
  • Share your anxieties with trusted others
  • Schedule formal and informal activities that bring you joy

Choose to be Vulnerable

As Christians we can sometimes feel shame when wrestling with something like anxiety. It helps to remember that you are human and suffering is part of what we all go through in different seasons.  Sharing your struggles with others can build community that walk with you in the good and in the hard times. These relationships are vital because you won’t be alone.  You will be there for them and they can be there for you.  These friends and family can pray for you and surround you with their love, support and encouragement.

Give it to God

Anxiety can distract you from building a relationship with God.  It can tempt you to take your trust off of God and place it in your abilities.  Have you ever heard it said “If it’s gonna be it’s up to me?”  This mentality promises control and in the short term you may gain some sense of security.  In the long run trusting in your abilities over God and his becomes a crushing weight and a burden that can create anxiety, depression and a host of other issues.  Therefore, when faced with anxiety it is important to focus on the truths and promises that God has given you. Here are some examples given to us in the Bible:

  • God is for you, not against you
  • God is sufficient and gives sufficiently
  • God knows you and loves you deeply
  • He never leaves you or forsakes you
  • He is in control
  • He listens to you
  • No matter what happens on earth God’s love and you win out in the end…Guaranteed!

Become aware of your own worries in your life and give them to God in these practical ways.   God promises that no fear that you face is either too big or too small for our Lord. If its important to you then its important to God.

Next Step

When struggling with anxiety, you never have to walk alone. If you are looking for someone who can walk with you both spiritually and emotionally, at New Vision Counseling and Consulting we have trained therapists that can do just that. You can reach us at (405) 921-7776 or go to our website at NewVisionCounseilng.org to learn more about how we can best help you.

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