3 Simple Ways to Help You Cope with Anxiety

Living with uncertainty? We all are right now. Anxiety threatens to steal our hope by controlling our thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

(Philippians 4)
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1) Take a Break. 2) Touch. 3) Have Some Fun!

We miss the simple things in life when we are too busy going here & there.

You can actually enjoy this time of uncertainty … as strange as it is.

Here are 3 great ideas for you, all proven to be highly effective in managing stress & reducing anxiety.

1. Take a Break

Walk away from media for a few hours every day. Turn it off. Tune out. Constant monitoring is like consuming too much caffeine. Your adrenaline goes into high gear & wears you down. And makes you more susceptible.

2. Touch

The most effective method to instantly reduce anxiety is touch. Just think about a frightened child. The first thing a parent does is hold her.

We all need touch. Even when social distancing has become the norm. Make sure to touch the people in your family. Even brief touch registers in your brain & calms it.

If you live alone, spend some time remembering touch or meditating on the comfort of God’s touch. Recreate it in your mind.
* What does it feel like on your skin?
* What emotions does it produce?

3. Have Some Fun

Go for a walk. Sit in the sun. Dance.

These are the simple things of life we miss when we are too busy going here & there. You can actually enjoy this time, as strange as it is. Soon enough we will all be back at our old routine … hopefully having learned something new about how to relax & enjoy our days.

… whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4)