From time to time, we all experience anxiety marked by doubt, fear, or nervousness about something that may or may not happen in the future. This natural reaction is common when entering a different season in life (e.g., college, marriage, parenthood, etc.), starting a new job, and waiting for the results of medical tests. Usually, the anxiety subsides when we realize that everything is okay or that we have the ability to handle any challenges we face.
When anxiety arises, there is something we can do to help ourselves. Our presence—calm, cool, and collected of course—and our reassurance can also help others. Following are three ways to calm our soul and ease common physical symptoms of anxiety like heart racing and sweating:
- Put our faith in God. God is in control, and He cares about us. In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus calmed a storm that arose suddenly, protecting His disciples. We can trust God to also deliver us from any threats that rage against us.
- Pray with gratitude. We can talk to God in the midst of the storm. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” We can simply pray, “God, I’m so grateful that You have me through all of this.”
- Remember who we are. We are children of almighty God! God is for us, and He has no shortage of power and resources to help us. What’s more, God has already equipped us with courage, gifts, and wisdom to do what He has called us to do. Like the apostle Paul, sometimes we just need to remind ourselves of the truth: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).
Whether you are facing difficulties today or thinking about what might occur tomorrow, don’t let anxiety get the best of you. You can handle whatever comes with a little faith and a grateful prayer. After all, you are a child of God.