What’s going to happen to me? How will I make it? What will I do about this?
Why do we worry? It seems to come so natural. We worry about what’s going to happen tomorrow or even next month. We worry about what others think. It seems that there is always something to worry about.
Yet worry accomplishes nothing.
But we still do it! Even Christians do it, and we clearly should not.
How do you stop worrying? Here’s the key: When you start to worry, you need to take steps to stop. Here are 10 ways to help you kill worry before it gets a life:
1. Jesus said not to worry. If we are truly Christians, then we obey Jesus. Consider it like your father giving you direction to do something. You simply obey.
2. Focus on solutions. Instead of worrying about something, take action. Of course some things that you might worry about are completely out of your control, but if you can take positive steps to alleviate your worry, do so. For example, are you worried about a job interview? Then prepare more. Research the company and do practice interviews.
3. Pray. This might seem too simple but don’t underestimate the power of prayer. The Bible says to pray instead of worry so pray and then consider the matter closed and in God’s hands.
4. Do something constructive. Instead of sitting around and thinking about the topic, go do something. Ride a bike. Read a book. Do that chore you’ve been putting off.
5. Listen to music. Get your mind off your worry and onto music instead – with music that doesn’t make you worry and is not depressing.
6. Start a journal. Write about what’s on your mind so you can get it out of your system. When you close the book, consider the case closed to your worries.
7. Turn on your faith. If you’re a Christian, then you should have complete faith that God will take care of you. Sounds almost too simple but it’s true: “… and his incomparably great power for us who believe ….”
8. Just stop. Sometimes we brood over something when we really need to tell ourselves to stop. So just stop thinking about your worries. Tell yourself you are done worrying and then move on. “Just stop” might be too simple but you need to make a decision to end the worry.
9. Read the Bible. The best way to gain confidence over your worries is to read the Bible. You’ll not only gain wisdom, you’ll be focusing your mind on something else.
10. Talk to someone about it. Share your burden with someone you trust. This can get the worry off your chest while having someone else to help you with it.