How much time do we waste on worrying about things that might possibly never transpire within our lives, yet we still choose to worry about them. Worrying about things, makes you focus on all the things that could possibly go wrong, instead of trusting that it could all work out. Worrying may be caused by fear, fear of the unknown, fear of failing, or fear of being rejected, or fear of feeling disappointed. The thing with worrying is that we waste our present being caught up in past, or potential future, events. Our minds and hearts are at constant war with what was or what might potentially be. When we worry, it not only affects our mental health, but it soon starts to impact our emotions and physical health negatively.
Worry is like a rocking chair — it’s always in motion but it never gets you anywhere. – Joyce Meyer
I know, for me personally, learning not too worry had to become a new habit that I had to learn. As worrying is my natural ‘go-to’ habit whenever I feel overwhelmed, stressed or fearful. I start to panic, and I feel like I am constantly anticipating the worst. Worrying about all the “what-ifs, maybes, and potential doom and gloom”, made it so hard for me to live my life with fullness, authority, joy, confidence, and freedom, because I was so entangled and bound by fear and worry.
I had to come to a place in my life, where I said “enough is enough, I do not want fear or worry to have the last say!” I then started retraining my thoughts and habits into healthier ones. The following tips below have helped me time and time again to retrain my brain and heart to worry less, and to live more in God’s perfect peace and grace!
Overcome unhealthy worry habits by:
Praying – When we pray and call out to God in those times of stress and worry, it allows us to let go of our fearful thoughts by giving it over to God.
Be thankful – When we take our mind off our anxious thoughts, and we start to focus on all things that we do have in our lives, we become more grateful, because we are focusing on all the good instead of all the bad.
Think on good things – Thinking on good things, is another way of retraining the brain to always look for the good in between all the bad, and to acknowledge it and be thankful for it.
Trust – Trusting is the opposite of fearing. The best place to be in is when we place our full trust into God’s promises. Trusting in Him, takes us out of those dark fearful spaces, and brings us closer towards His light and His perfect peace.
God’s perfect peace – God’s perfect peace allows us to feel confident in His presence, and in our future. Even when things may not make sense, or may feel overwhelming – God’s perfect peace will always guide us and give us the grace and confidence as we go forward.
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