Anxiety Can Get The Upper Hand

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Are You Letting Anxiety Get The Upper Hand?

Anxiety can get the upper hand, sometimes on a daily basis, for many of us. With today’s world and the complexities of humanity, it takes more effort to not let anxiety get the upper hand.

You got any of these possible signs that anxiety might be getting the upper hand?

  • Always figuring that something bad is going to happen?
  • You rarely can find the positive through all the negative? And even worse, you have stopped even trying to see positive and have become negative.
  • You are hyper critical of people, figuring they always have an ulterior motive?
  • Most of the time, you just would rather not get out of bed to face the world?
  • Just not finding much humor in anything anymore?

Granted these could be related to depression as well. Though anxiety and depression often go together in many ways. If you do let anxiety get the upper hand, remember it is an emotion, as is depression, not a sin.

We don’t want to bottle up emotions, but we also need to be able to control them when they are not healthy. We all have our own idiosyncrasys with some of us maybe more prone to anxiety or depression. Certainly, life events, genetics or stress related things in our lives can make us more prone. It could be situational or lifelong.

Whether you are experiencing a situation that has let anxiety get the upper hand or you deal with anxiety on a daily basis, there is Bible verse that can help. For some, it may be reading it daily or even several times a day to really get it to sink in and change your focus away from your anxieties.

It is Philippians, 4:4-8>>>

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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.

 

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Even if you don’t know the Lord Jesus as your Savior, these words are still good advice to controlling your anxiety. If you do, these words have even more meaning.

The point is that if we are always focusing on all that is bad, we will suffer from more anxiety and depression. If we can train ourselves to be on the look out for positive things despite that, we can better succeed to not let anxiety get the upper hand.

I didn’t say any of this will necessarily be easy, but if you suffer from chronic anxiety that has the upper hand most of the time, meditating on this verse every day might help control the anxiety enough so that, at least, the anxiety doesn’t have the upper hand and you can enjoy more things in life.


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