six practical tips for dealing with normal anxiety

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.

Philippians 4:6–7 (NIV)

We have good reasons to be afraid, but better reasons to not be afraid. Here are six practical tips for dealing with anxiety.

First, identify your form of anxiety—learn your triggers and response to worry and stress. Are you nervous, driven, compulsive, irritable, or escapist?

Second, consider your reasons for trust. The Lord is on your side (Romans 8:31). He will remain faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9). He will provide (Philippians 4:19). These are examples of promises that can help you rest.

Third, name your real troubles and anxieties. What do you worry about? What keeps you up at night?

Fourth, identify what hijacks your heart—what captures you so that you forget these promises and actually live in functional unbelief. What is it you want? What do you desire to control?

Fifth, have an honest conversation with God. Name your exact troubles, be upfront about where you go wrong, and earnestly ask him for help.

Last, do what needs doing today. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34). We’re called to trust, and then we’re called to do the calling of today.

The kind of sanity that is the end result of living your life in this way is both simple and complex. It’s not a magic answer, but it is a way forward that allows you to get a grip on your anxieties.

Powlison, David. Take Heart: Daily Devotions to Deepen Your Faith. New Growth Press.