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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Troubled, Stressed, And Anxious About Life's Struggles? Here Are Five (5) Ways to Stop Worrying || Read For Free


Worry, which is essentially giving over to feelings of anxiety or unease and allowing your mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles, is common for millions of people—Believers or not.

The hectic grind of day to day life, work, school, ministry, family responsibilities, sickness, debt, death of loved ones, relationship struggles or some combination of all these things, can amount to burnout and stress in your life.

If lately you have found yourself worrying about what tomorrow holds while trying to hold it all together today, there are 5 solutions to help you stop worrying.
  
 1. Read God’s Word. 
One of the most effective passage for combatting worry is found in Matthew 6:25-34. There is a wealth of wisdom here. No matter how many times you read this scriptural passage, it never gets old and always speaks to the reality of your situation. Verse 34 sums it all up perfectly, saying, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
 
2. Responsibilities stressing you? See what you might need to eliminate.
 Sometimes, when you overwork and overexert yourself, this produces feelings of stress, anxiety and worry. Consider whether you actually have taken on too much. Aside from reading God’s word and meditating on what He says about not allowing life’s burdens to weigh too heavily on your mind, make sure there aren’t things you’re doing to contribute to the problem.
 
Are there toxic relationships draining your energy? Are you trying to spread yourself too thin with commitments at home, work, church or in business? Be honest and evaluate your life. More importantly, ask God to reveal to you the extra weight you’re carrying. He’ll not only show you, but He’ll also give you the capacity and wherewithal to release all the unnecessary extras.
 
3. Use your power to change what you can.   
We have a tendency to worry about things we can work on. If you can’t do anything about it, that’s one thing. But when you have the power to change circumstances for the better,  act on what is within your realm of capability.
 
Are you worried about basic and easily resolvable health challenges? Eat better, do moderate exercise, get plenty of rest and so on. Worried about the budget? Curb your spending and cut out the non-essentials to give yourself a bit of breathing room. And remember, after you’ve done what you can, then leave the rest to God.
 
4. Pray without ceasing.
My grandmother used to have a saying: “Pray about everything. Worry about nothing.” The Bible says we ought always pray and not lose heart in Luke 18:1. When we cast our cares upon the Lord  God as 1 Peter 5:7 says, we release the heavy weight and transfer the situation into capable hands.
 
Prayer helps you fix your mind on God, who is greater than any worry or concern you may be dealing with on any given day. Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there.
 
5. Stop thinking negative thoughts. 
Drumming up worst case scenarios is like hitting a mental panic button. If we believe the worst, we will worry and fear that it will come to pass. Instead of being morbid and fatalistic in your view of life, choose to believe the best.Whenever bad thoughts try to overtake your mind, speak the word of God. Jeremiah 29:11 is a definite favorite: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

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