Inside: The Bible gives us great ways to lessen the anxiety in our lives. We can use God’s natural anxiety remedies to live a life without anxiety.
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It was a big water novelty this past summer. The advertisements said it would provide families with hours of wet, challenging fun.
We were hooked and got ourselves the Inflatabull. It lasted a total of two days before it had a hole in the seam of the bull’s neck.
I got out the duct tape because we had some teenage boys here and they wanted to have a competition. I thought it would hold through the day and then I’d silicone it (I never kept the plastic repair patch from the box, oops!).
It didn’t last even five minutes and I tried more tape. It became a losing battle, the bull had to be finally pulled from the pool and given a more thorough procedure.
Quick Fixes or Longer Life Changes
The scenario with this particular pool toy reminds me of how I try and tackle my anxiety.
I’ve had enough seasons of anxiety now that I know when anxiety is revving up. I can feel myself getting more irritable and overwhelmed.
When this happens, I try and apply a quick fix.
I drop caffeine and try adding in more green tea. Or I go to sleep early or get in the Word more.
Basically, I scurrying about trying to find solutions in my own power.
Each of those attempts
The honest truth is: I don’t want to stop and take the time to care for myself. I don’t have the time to do this when I’m anxious. (click to tweet)
It’s just easier to apply a quick band-aid and expect it to go away. However, anxiety is a sign that more needs to be done.
Just like the
It’s frustrating to have to pause the routine of life and make some major
The Importance of Stopping and Pausing
God recently showed me a verse that has made me reaffirm why stopping, pausing, and taking time away from my life is vitally important.
(Mark 6:31, NLT).
31 Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.
Imagine the scene, newly-minted disciples have been going out two by two to the villages around the area. Jesus had sent them out with just a walking stick, no money, no reservation at a hotel, or a change of clothing.
The disciples were ministering, healing, and casting out evil spirits. Sounds like it would have been a little stressful being a newbie and not having a solid place to stay at night.
When the disciples return, Jesus could see the weariness in them and suggested they stop, pause, and take some time to relax.
Jesus didn’t just have them eat, but had them pull back from life for a while to renew themselves.
And in essence, Jesus taught the disciples natural anxiety remedies as He modeled pause in His own life.
The truth foundational truth is, having a plan of action is important when we deal with anxiety because it’s easy to attempt quick fixes when our bodies need a total restart.
With a plan of action, we can lessen the intensity and duration of anxiety. (click to tweet)
11 Natural Anxiety Remedies from God’s Word
1. Praise breaths
Draw in deep, slow breaths using the count of 5. Hold and release the breath to the count of 5.
(Psalm 150:6, NLT).
6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
2. Praying to God
(1 John 5:14, NLT).
14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.
3. Spend time in God’s Word
(Romans 12:2, NLT).
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
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(Matthew 11:28-30, NLT).
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach
you,because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.
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(Romans 8:6, NLT).
6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
(Romans 12:1, NLT).
12 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b]
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7. Eating healthy (especially adding more protein)
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(1 Corinthians 10:31, NLT).
31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
8. Getting enough sleep
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(Proverbs 3:24, NLT).
24 You can go to bed without fear;
you will lie down and sleep soundly.
9. Planning ahead when you’re anxious
(Psalm 37:5, NLT).
5 Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
10. Having patience when you’re anxious
(Romans 5:2-4, NLT).
2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
11. Grab hold of victory through Christ.
(Luke 21:19, NLT).
19 By standing firm, you will win your souls.
I think that using these remedies from the Bible is the key to overcoming anxiety’s stronghold on our lives.
When anxiety threatens to overcome, we can follow Jesus’ advice and pull away from life and take the time to refresh and relax.
Once we are filled, we can enter back into God’s purpose for us and continue doing God’s work while remembering the importance of filling ourselves with Him so we can overflow to others.
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