Recently I've been going through my days with a low-level anxiety. I can't quite pinpoint what I'm feeling or why I'm feeling it. I've even taken a few moments to slow down, breathe, and consider what might be causing the anxiety.
Sometimes, anxiety doesn't make sense.
Some of my supplements have caffeine in them. Perhaps the cumulative effect of all my caffeine sources are adding up to create this whirlwind of worry. Whatever's going on - I hate it!
Do you ever cycle through anxious thoughts? Do you ever replay that tense conversation? Do you ever wish your mind would slow down and stop running in circles? What do we do with all these thoughts and anxious feelings? And how do we conquer a foe that hides so well in the camouflage of everyday life?
Let me give you 3 ways to tame you're worry.
1. Drink water.
Sometimes your body has strange ways of telling you what it needs. If you're dehydrated and drinking caffeinated beverages all day, anxiety might be one of your body's stellar communication techniques. Listen to your body. Less caffeine. More water.
2. Write down what's worrying you or consuming your thoughts.
There are times I'm worried about what I need to remember. If I just write down what I need to remember then my anxiety goes down.
If you have trouble falling asleep because of swirling thoughts, keep a notepad and pen by your bed. When you have a thought or something important to remember, write it down. Once it's on paper it can be erased from the whiteboard in your mind. For me, I often feel like my mental white board is cluttered. That alone can push me into unwanted anxiety. Pull out your eraser by writing down what you need to get off your mental whiteboard.
3. Declare Scriptures over yourself out loud.
- If you're worried about a job interview...
"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." Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
- If you're waiting on a call from your doctor with test results...
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! -Is. 26:3 NLT
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2 NLT
- If you don't know why you're anxious...
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. Psalm 18:2 NLT
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
Be sure to speak these verses out loud. There's something powerful about putting right words into your mouth and letting your own ears hear it. Your own voice needs to speak powerful truths over the fears and lies you've been tangled up in. Lead with your words. Your heart and feelings will eventually catch up.
BONUS: If you've done all the above and you're still feeling that crazy, unsettled, heart-racy feeling, I recommend a supplement called CONFIANZA. It really works, and it's made up of natural herbs. You can find a distributer or simply buy it on Amazon to try it out. It's great for days when I accidentally over-caffeinate or I'm just stressed. This little supplement does a pretty darn good job settling me down within about 20 minutes.
Have a beautiful, unstressed week!