Understanding Anxiety + Can You Overcome it

There are enough problems each day without one’s adding to them by anxiety over what might happen the next day and may, in fact, never take place. Anxiety might be a part of life but we can have control over how much it affects us.

Anxiety isn’t bad. It can be a normal and healthy response to a fear-triggering situation. Anxiety exists on a spectrum, though. Experiencing occasional anxiety that resolves itself when a specific trigger resolves itself is normal. When symptoms of anxiety interfere with functioning during daily tasks or routines like school or work, there may be problematic anxiety. If anxiety rises and doesn’t resolve or causes problems with work, school, or relationships, it may indicate a diagnosable or clinical anxiety condition.

Are Worry and Anxiety the same thing?

Worry tends to be more focused on thoughts in our heads, while anxiety is more visceral in that we feel it throughout our bodies.

There can be serious physical manifestations from worry. Observes the book How to Master Your Nerves: “Doctors know how anxiety can affect the body’s functions. It can raise (or lower) blood pressure; it can elevate the white blood cell count; it can suddenly affect the blood sugar by the action of adrenalin on the liver. It can even change your electrocardiogram. Dr. Charles Mayo said: ‘Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system.’”

Anxiety can be damaging to one’s well-being. It can lead to depression, robbing one of strength and the initiative to act. Whether you believe what the Bible says or not we can all agree the truth of what it says. Says the inspired proverb: “Anxious care in the heart of a man is what will cause it to bow down.” (Pr 12:25)

“Never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Sufficient for each day is its own badness.” (Mt 6:25-34)

“Who of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his life span?” asked Jesus. (Matthew 6:27

Such anxiety could rob us of joy and distract us from the tasks at hand. We cannot solve future problems by worrying about them today. And what we worry about often fails to happen or does not turn out as bad as we thought.

 There are enough problems each day without one’s adding to them by anxiety over what might happen the next day and may, in fact, never take place.

In this time of age there are many factors that didn’t exist before that can lead us to be worrisome and that can lead to anxiety if we allow it to control us. 

Although anxiety is a part of life we do not have to allow it to overcome us. 

What Can Help:

Understanding: acknowledging the reality of what anxiety is and what we have control over as well as what we cannot control. 

Acceptance: accepting the fact that we cannot control certain circumstances but rather we must learn to react to it differently and have a change of perspective.

Hope: finding a hope that we gladly look forward too that will instill in you positivity 

Trust: learning to trust in a positive hope

According to one Bible dictionary, the Greek verb rendered “to be anxious” can refer to “the natural reaction of man to poverty, hunger and other troubles which befall him in his daily life.”

To Think About

What you can ask yourself?

  • Anxiety is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”
  • Think it through. Will what you are anxious about matter tomorrow? in a month? in a year? in five years?”
  • The best you can do is prepare for situations to the extent possible, but accept the fact that some situations are out of your control.”

One scholar put it this way: “Worry about the future is wasted effort, and the future of reality is seldom as bad as the future of our fears.”

Quick tip:

“I find that I have to focus on the big picture and not stress over the details. I have to choose my battles and channel my energy into taking care of priorities.”​

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