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Ways to Control Anxiety

Updated on May 18, 2020
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An Experimental Task

I want you to get a partner whom you know and trust. Then, he or she should blindfold you. Then, you would make three full in-place turns with his or her assistance. After that, he or she would bring you to a spot or area. Once you regain your balance, he or she should detach from you. Then as soon as he or she left, you have to make three steps forward.


Processing Questions:

  1. Did you accomplish making three steps while being blindfolded?
  2. What made you complete the task?
  3. How did you feel every time you make the steps?

What is anxiety?

I think I don't need to source out its definition. Perhaps you could define it by yourself after having done or even just internalizing the experimental task and answering the questions. Indeed, it gives you an idea about what anxiety is.

However, for the benefit of the doubt, let me cite Sanne Van Rooij, Ph.D. and Anais Stenson, Ph.D. on their words about anxiety. According to them, it is an excessive fear or worries about the future. And, this could have negative behavioral and emotional consequences.

Let us take the experimental task. I am sure that making steps without seeing causes us to be fearful and worried. We fear getting hurt as we make the steps or worry about where we are heading since we don't have sight of what's around. As a result, we become skeptical and uneasy about every step we make. Likewise to having anxiety, since we do not know what lies ahead, we tend to create our versions of the future. Unfortunately, we mostly come up with a negative turn-around of events; consequently, we start to have fears and worries. And, as we dwell on this for a longer time, we then develop anxiety in our mind where we become, uneasy, irritable and nervous.

Common Symptoms of Anxiety

What Causes Anxiety?

Still anchored on our experimental task, there are only two significant causes of anxiety:

Lack of Trust

In the said task, you need to get a partner whom you know and trust. But did you trust him or her enough? I am sure that the person you chose loves you and would not harm you. So, why fear or worry?

Thus, it is our lack of trust in ourselves, others, and most especially in God why we still worry about tomorrow.

Lack of Faith

Why do you think you fear to take steps in the said task?

The future is uncertain. We have no hold of it. We do not know what will happen in the next seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, or years. For sure, we have plans, and I know we do our best to work it out. However, we have no control over the circumstances. And, this fact makes us worry because we want to control things which we don't have. Moreover, it will become complicated when we don't believe that good thing will happen amidst the uncertainties of life. Lastly, since we don't have hold of it, we make up unpleasant future instances.

So, if we don't believe that everything will be fine, we will be restless and anxious.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.

— Philippians 4:6-7

Controlling Anxiety

Aside from having a healthy lifestyle to maintain mental and physical health, overcoming it is the reverse of its causes. However, it is not as simple as it is. It is an inside battle.

Learn to Trust

Whom will you trust?

You can trust yourself, your friend and the people around you. But there is no assurance that they will always be trustworthy. Time will come that they will change. However, only one person does not change, that is, God.

Whatever, you are going through, He is always there for you. He will never abandon you. You are like precious minerals which need refinement (trials and hardships). After which, you will turn out to gold (best version of yourself). So, trust in Him.

Remember that God's plan for us does not harm us but to prosper us and to give us hope and future. So, wherever we will be on our journey, we should trust in Him.

Have Faith

Be faithful to His words. It will keep you going. Only through prayers, we boost our faith and trust in Him. So, set aside time to talk to Him in silence. Seek Him in your deepest part as you close your eyes. Surrender to Him all your worries and fears. Only Him and your faith could heal it.

Let go and Let God

It is when we let go we exercise our faith. Accept that we cannot control what will happen around us. Know that what we can control are our actions and reactions. So, do not overthink. Only surrender to God and walk by faith.

Be Stronger

Sometimes, random thoughts would pop out in our head. There are thoughts we can shrug off. But there are some we cannot ignore. Usually, they are the unpleasant ones. So, when you are caught up with such thought, you should learn to knock it off. It can be by diverting your attention, telling yourself to stop it, or saying a prayer. I know you can control your thoughts. You are strong! Overcoming anxiety is possible. You can make it!

If everything fails - your family, your friends, yourself and the rest of the world, you have nothing to grip but your trust in God and your faith in His words and promises. Learn to let go and be strong!

© 2018 Jason Behm

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      Dugho 

      10 months ago

      Others have trouble sleeping, eating and just may lack focus about everything because of anxiety. Right, sometimes we have to let go and let God! There are circumstances we have no control of.

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      Maki M. 

      11 months ago

      Anxiety is normal, and we will never be completely devoid of it. It is a matter of understanding our nature, acknowledging its presence, knowing what makes us anxious, and knowing what to do to manage and reduce it. This article does help a lot, especially for those who are feeling extra anxious these times. God bless you, bro.

    • manunulat profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Behm 

      2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      @Bill

      I am glad to know you did not experience it. I guess you have learned so much with your dealings with life and I am glad to have read them through your hubs.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Today I can make the rather bold statement that I do not experience anxiety, but it took me many years to learn how to deal with life in life's terms and not mine. :) Happy New Year!

    • manunulat profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Behm 

      2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      @FlourishAnyway

      I agree. They really helped a lot.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      I find that positive self-messages help a lot.

    • manunulat profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Behm 

      2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      thanks Maz

    • manunulat profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Behm 

      2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you manatita!

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      Maz 

      2 years ago

      Very interesting blog, good advice.

    • manunulat profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Behm 

      2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you, JK!

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      JK Darling 

      2 years ago

      Beautifully written. Keep writing brother dear.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      I like your rationale and especially as you tend to address them with scripture so well. This is but a small part, of course, but very necessary, nevertheless.

      Fear is related to the unknown and as the soul knows that it was once free, it has a subtle fear of being trapped or, if you like, hindered on its way back home to the Godhead. It knows that it needs its experiences and dreads that which may cause its untimely demise.

      The great Nancy Roper wrote The Twelve Activities of Daily Living. Since then a few more has sprung up and some argue that Roper's last, 'fear of dying' is not an actual activity. I say that she was ahead of her time.

      So noble of you to share. God lights his lamp in our soul and once we are surrendered, He then uses us to serve our brothers and sisters: mankind. Much Love, my friend.

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      Jason Behm 

      2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Brother Ioannis, thanks for your encouraging comment!

      Shannon hi, I agree that anxiety is difficult and it is easier said than done to overcome. Your great enemy is your self indeed. So it takes a lot of mental conditioning and faith. I am appreciative to your comment. Thanks.

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Anxiety is difficult nsometimes. Often easier said than done to overcome. Great advice and explanations contained here in your article.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      Even if the whole Universe collapse, I know that I will be safe and happy, living in my Fathers Love!

      An excellent Hub, my brother Jason! Inspirational and helpful! Thank you for sharing.

      Peace to your Soul!

      Sean

    • manunulat profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Behm 

      2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      He is the source of strength, peace and joy. So we should go back to him! Thanks for sharing Dalyn.

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      Dalyn Howard 

      2 years ago

      I to experienced anxiety but the my Father in Heave has given me strength to carry on.

    • manunulat profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Behm 

      2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Zia,

      Thanks for reading and leaving your comment. I agree we should also take actions. It is what we call walking one's faith! Thanks once again. I am glad you have overcome your anxiety. You are becoming stronger and wiser now, I believe.

    • manunulat profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Behm 

      2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for reading and leaving your comment. True, in Him we should put our trust.

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      Zia Uddin 

      2 years ago from UK

      Thanks for sharing this, very informative. I used to suffer from anxiety attacks and been on anti-depressants for a few years.

      God does help, but you have to be willing to learn and find that path to alter your ways in life. Every anxious thought is related to the past and Ive learned how to move on in life. How to eat healthily and most importantly is keep away from people you're not comfortable with. Everybody is different, God will help as long as there is faith as youve mentioned already but you need to get on your feet and keep your head up high.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are right. God is always there and that's where our trust muct lie.

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