In perfect harmony with watching Parks and Rec, Steve Walton spoke this morning about how he was “in the pit” and the various ways that he was able to get out of it. He was not referring to a literal pit but “getting out of the pit” of bad thinking and habits in order to have a more healthy brain and body. One of my major obstacles to “getting out of the pit” is my struggle with anxiety.
No one has ever stopped being anxious by being told not to be anxious. – Ewan Kennedy, Church of Redeemer Pastor
So what is the solution to being anxious? Anxiety comes from a perceived or actual threat to our identity. So how can we have a correct view of our identity? (emphasis mine)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Phillipians 4:4-7
Remembering that the Lord is here and with me is the precursor to all peace. It is when I lose sight of this that my identity gets skewed and my anxiety ramps up. Here are some wonderful tools I have used in order to help renew my mind. Maybe they will help you.
I can testify that this app really worked for me. It is research-based and got me into the habit of regularly exercising, eating well, and practicing mindfulness.
Also, using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques can help change your thought patterns. I can attest to this because I will write down the situation, my thoughts about the situation, my emotions coming from these thoughts, my behaviors coming out of these emotions, and alternate thoughts I could have. Here is a worksheet that is very helpful Steve Walton passed out during class this morning.