6 Practical Ways to "Be Anxious For Nothing"
Philippians 4:6 instructs us to "be anxious for nothing." Christian author Max Lucado offers another translation: "Don't let anything in this life leave you perpetually breathless and in angst."
So, what can you do to not be "perpetually breathless and in angst?"
Here are 6 practical ways from our free RelateStrong | Leadership Series eBook:
- Breathe! When we are anxious, we tend to take shallow breaths; even hyperventilate. Slow down, breathe deeply, and notice your God-given breath.
- Rely on your faith. Go to God in prayer, remembering to "Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares for you." Meditate on scripture that you find comforting.
- Check your thinking. Anxiety is fueled by unbiblical, irrational thoughts of perfectionism, future forecasting and catastrophizing. Instead, keep perspective and wait to worry!
- Be a good steward of your body. Healthy eating, sufficient sleep, and rigorous exercise can make a huge difference in mood regulation.
- Enjoy your relationships! Friends and family provide opportunities for support and conversation about important concerns as well as levity, joy, and fun.
- Be mindful and grateful. Instead of focusing on what is wrong or worrying what could go badly, choose intentionally to be present and focus on blessings.
"Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces the worry in your life." Philippians 4: 6-7, The Message