5 Ways Scripture Can Help With Anxiety
Surging rates of anxiety and depression are a troubling reality of life today. Because our thoughts shape how we live, how well we are able to manage and overcome negative thought patterns, toxic ideas, and crippling fear has huge ramifications for our relationships, our daily lives, our faith, and yes, even our goal setting.
If you're a Christian, one powerful tool you have at your fingertips is scripture. As we remember the promises of God, we are empowered to think and act differently. Here are five ways reading and writing the Word can help renew our minds and reduce anxiety.
1. Scripture reminds us that we don't have to carry our burdens alone. We can be dependent on God, and learn from Him how to carry our worries and responsibilities. We do not need to control every situation we find ourselves in. Try reading Psalm 68:19-20 and Matthew 11:28-30.
2. Scripture reminds us that we have power over our thoughts. As our friend Jennie Allen says, "We are in charge of our thoughts. They are not in charge of us." We can acknowledge that a thought, a fear, or a worry exists, and then send it on its way without letting it take hold of us. Try reading Romans 12:2.
3. Scripture reminds us where our focus should be. For most of us, what we consume is what will swirl in our minds and color our thoughts. If we're taking in violent shows, shock-and-awe news, and catty dramas instead of what is true, honorable, just, pure, and lovely, that is likely where our focus will be.
4. Scripture reminds us we have permission to pause, to rest, and to be refreshed. This is an invitation from God and a gift for us to accept! Sleep, time outside, laughter, community, good food, a break from the internet - these are some of the good things God has for us, and we don't need to feel guilty about accessing them. As we refresh our bodies and spirits, we can receive the same for our minds. Try reading Psalm 23.
5. Scripture reminds us that God is sovereign over everything: our circumstances, our actions, our relationships... the good and the bad. He cares for us and wants good for us. He is living and active. He wants to partner with us, but we do not need to control every situation we find ourselves in. Try reading Colossians 1:16-17 or Isaiah 46:9-10.
If you're looking for an easy way to get into the Bible every day and access these reminders, you might love our Write the Word journals! When we're in the Bible regularly, it gets into our heads. And what's filling our minds flows to our actions, how we experience the world, and the people around us! If you struggle with negative thought patterns or anxiety, Write the Word | Refresh Your Mind was created with you in mind.
P.S. God has given us so many wonderful resources to conquer our anxiety, including counseling, pastoral care, and modern medicine! We're sending you a big hug right now and encouraging you to do all that you need to do to take care of your mind and heart.