This month, take a few moments to consider the times in your life when fear and anxiety threatened to overwhelm you. Then reflect on the times when you gave that fear to God and found peace in His promises and presence. When you gather as a group, share how God has helped you overcome anxiety in the past. Encourage each other and reflect on God’s promises of peace.
When you find yourself facing fear and anxiety, consider some of the following ways to overcome them:
- Take it to the Lord
- Go to God in prayer. “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:7-8, NIV).
- Ground yourself
- Take a moment to ground yourself. Sometimes, it is easier to sit down in a chair. In these moments, close your eyes, inhale for a count of three, and exhale slowly. There is a technique called the 5-4-3-2-1 method. Find five things you can see, four things you can feel, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. During these times, allow yourself to really focus on yourself and your well-being.
- We can sometimes get so caught up in moments when our minds are racing from one thing to another. Pause and take 15 seconds to inhale through your nose and exhale out of your mouth. This is also a good time to pick a scripture to reflect on. John 14:27, Isaiah 41:10, and Psalm 34:4 are all good scriptures to reflect on during these times.
- Make time to rest in God’s presence
- Often we spend our days running from one activity to the next. During those few minutes of down time, we fill it with scrolling through social media or playing games on our phones. Find time to truly rest in God’s presence. Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier to engage in a time of prayer and devotion. Listen to worship songs on your way to work. Intentionally rest in God’s presence throughout your week.