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Care for Yourself by Reducing Anxiety and Worry

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Some people criticize the idea of self-care, saying it’s selfish to spend too much time and attention on yourself. BUT… it’s a matter of balance and moderation. Obviously, paying too much attention to yourself can cause you to become egotistical or narcissistic, but not paying enough attention to yourself can make you stressed out, burned out, or physically sick. One way to balance things out in caring for yourself is to reduce anxiety and worry.

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Anxiety is rampant today, which is not surprising in this world of constant turmoil and continuous bad news blasted at us from numerous sources. It’s essential to find a way to manage anxiety in a healthy manner. Doing so can improve our overall well-being, along with increasing our ability to be more productive when we’re not distracted or weighed down with anxiety and worry.

 

And why is it so easy to convince ourselves it’s our “job” to worry about loved ones or about certain circumstances in life?

 

I know – I’ve said it myself many times, that it’s a mother’s “job” to worry. However, numerous scripture verses refute that notion!

 

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Here are some insightful comments from author Max Lucado, from his book “Traveling Light” on the topic of worry and anxiety.

 

Worry is the burlap bag of burdens. Cumbersome. Chunky. Unattractive. Scratchy. Hard to get a handle on. Irritating to carry and impossible to give away. 

No one wants your worries. Sadly, worrying is one job you can’t farm out, but you can overcome it. There is no better place to begin than ‘beside the still water,’ where the Shepherd leads.

No one has to remind you of the high cost of anxiety. Worry divides the mind. The biblical word for worry (merimnao) is a compound of two Greek words, merizo (to divide) and nous (the mind).

Anxiety splits our energy between today’s priorities and tomorrow’s problems. Part of our mind is on the now; the rest is on the not yet. The result is half-minded living.

Anxiety is an expensive habit. Of course, it might be worth the cost if it worked. But it doesn’t. Our frets are futile. Jesus said, ‘You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it’ (Matthew 6:27).

Worry has never brightened a day, solved a problem, or cured a disease.”

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Now after that rather lengthy intro, onto today’s double dose of additional inspiration.

 

“Anxiety and worry are both attacks on the mind intended to keep you from serving the Lord.

The enemy uses these weapons to press your faith down so you cannot live in victory.

Many people are worriers, but don’t even realize it. They may call it something else–but it is still worry.

In addition to telling you to ‘fret not’ (Psalm 37:8), other passages warn you to ‘take no thought’ (Matthew 6:25),

‘be careful for nothing’ (Philippians 4:6),

and ‘cast…all your care’ (1 Peter 5:7).

Matthew 6:27 says, ‘And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?’ 

The obvious point is that worry is useless. It does not accomplish any good thing. In that case, why worry and why be so anxious?” 

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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Lord, thank You

that I can give myself up to be led by You…

I can go forth praising and at rest,

letting you manage me and my day.

Thank You that I can throw

the whole weight of my anxieties on You,

for I am Your personal concern.”

–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise” 

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My Reflections

 

So it’s true – the only thing worrying has ever done for me is make me more anxious, discouraged, and depressed…and sometimes physically ill. Certainly NOT worth it in the long run! Definitely one “job” I should quit!

 

It’s nice to know God can help me manage my time if I let Him, and that I can cast my cares and anxieties on Him, because He can handle them better than I can!

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So What Are YOUR Thoughts?

 

Have you ever considered relying on God for time management and anxiety reduction?

 

Do you have other strategies that help you relax, but also stay on task?

Have you felt that it’s your “job” to worry?

Do you suffer from the effects of worrying too much?

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10 Comments

  1. Ruthanne

    I love your point about how worry takes energy from today and at the same time doesn’t help solve tomorrow’s problems. A great point to ponder.

    The easiest way to get past worry, I’ve found, is to get into action. Action banishes worry.

    This is not a magic cure for anyone, but it’s one suggestion I’ve found reliably helpful for myself, at any rate.

    26 . Jan . 2017
  2. Vicki Maheu

    I don’t really worry much, but I used to. I’ve realized over time that it does not good.

    27 . Jan . 2017
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  6. Karen Eidson

    I find myself worrying about so many things I have no control over, but don’t know how to “not” worry. I have always been this way.

    30 . Jan . 2017
  7. Joanne

    Finding ways to reduce worry and anxiety is so important for our health! Life is to short and stress can make it even shorter.

    30 . Jan . 2017
  8. Star Traci

    Such a good reminder. I worry a lot! A lot!!! And you are so right that it does no good. It changes nothing in the future and zaps me in the now. I was recently taught a prayer that I have begun using to try to let go of my worry.
    Great post!!!
    Traci

    30 . Jan . 2017
  9. Brandy

    I definitely needed to read this today. Thank you so much for posting. I’ve actually done pretty well over the last few years of leaving it in God’s hands…but sometimes I still need the reminder.

    31 . Jan . 2017
  10. Jenny

    It honestly is so hard not to worry about things but I know that I’ll be happier if I don’t worry. And worrying changes nothing.

    02 . Feb . 2017

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