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Christians are anxious too

A Christian Guide to Managing Anxiety

Hey there,

I want you to know something right off the bat: you're not alone. Anxiety is something so many of us face, even when it feels like you're the only one. It's okay to feel overwhelmed, to have moments where it seems like the world is closing in. But you have hope, and there are ways to find peace in the midst of the storm that seems to go on forever.

Understanding Anxiety: It's Part of the Journey

Anxiety is a natural, it is a response to life's challenges. And like most emotions how respond to it really matters a lot. Anxiety is like an alarm system, alerting you to potential danger. But sometimes our alarm systems gets way too sensitive, doesn't it? It's not just you. Riley from Inside Out 2 felt it too. She's 13, trying to handle new emotions like Envy, Ennui, Embarrassment, and Anxiety. Sounds familiar, right? It's part of growing up, part of facing life head-on. Even as adults we all face anxious moments everyday, but sometimes for some of us anxiety takes the wheel instead of Jesus. Those moments are extremely difficult. Here are a few tips for my friends who might struggle with mental health issues...

1. Embrace Prayer and Meditation: Finding Stillness in God

When anxiety hits, and will hit, consider turning to prayer. Recognizing that God is with you can provide some much needed additional strength . Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to bring everything to God in prayer, and His peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds. Taking a few moments each day to be still, focus on God’s presence, and pour out your worries to Him can make a huge difference. Remember, "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).

A woman sitting on a bench at sunset
breathing can calm your heart

2. Question Your Thoughts & Doubt your Doubts: Finding Truth in God's Word

Anxiety often feeds on our thoughts, blowing things out of proportion. As it blows things out of proportion the it attempts to take on more control to protect. When you feel overwhelmed, take a step back and question your thoughts, doubt your doubts. Ask are they really true? Are they aligned with what you know God’s promises to be? 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to take every thought captive to obey Christ.

When you feel those anxious thoughts creeping in, combat them with the truth of Scripture, Call a friend, mentor or ever Pastor to help you regain a more grounded perspective. God’s Word and the people of your faith community can be a powerful weapon against fear and anxiety.

3. Ground Yourself: Finding Stability in the Present

In moments of intense anxiety, grounding yourself in the present can be incredibly helpful. Riley, in Inside Out 2, found comfort by touching something familiar. You can do the same. Focus on three things you can see, hear, and touch. This brings you back to the present

moment and helps you realize that you are safe.

Jesus taught us in Matthew 6:34 not to worry about tomorrow because today has enough trouble of its own. Hold on to right now. Be in this moment. Slow your breath, center your breathing, slow your dashing vision and focus.

4. Lean on Community: Finding Strength in Fellowship

Don’t go through this alone. In church world and christian families mental health is a hidden sickness. We hide our struggles, with doubt, fear and anxiety. It's like if you admit you struggle that suddenly you are bad christian and God is not big enough. Nothing is further from the truth. Scripture invites us even encourages us to meet together and support one another. Whether it’s friends, family, or your church community, lean on those who care about you. Share your struggles, pray together, and lift each other up. God designed us to be in community, to bear each other's burdens (Galatians 6:2). Sometimes, just knowing that someone else understands can bring immense comfort. We do not hide it when we are wounded, we get help together.

5. Trust in God's Plan: Finding Hope in His Promises

Above all, trust in God’s plan for your life. Isaiah 41:10 reassures us, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” God is with you every step of the way, holding you close.

When anxiety feels overwhelming, remember His promises. He has a plan for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Trust in His goodness and His love for you.

Anxiety may be a part of your journey, but it doesn't have to define you. With God by your side, you can find peace in the midst of the storm. Lean into His presence, trust His promises, and surround yourself with a supportive community. You are deeply loved, and you are never alone.

Stay strong and keep the faith.

God's Love is Always True

Pastor Mike Killeen


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