Divert Your Thoughts and Actions from Worry Mode to Relax Mode
Hearing this word invokes vivid thoughts of laying around watching a good movie or lazing on a beach while on vacation. These are both great thoughts. However, when I use the word “relax” in this article, I am referring to you just letting things be and not worrying about what is going to happen – if, when, and how. I know it’s hard because it’s one of my daily battles. I worry about everything! I can create every scenario good or bad (mostly bad) in my mind.
My husband hates that I worry about everything, especially when something that I did not plan occurs (aka when life happens to us). It is not my intention to tell you how to stop being a worrier in a split second or how it changed for me all at once. However, I will tell you from my perspective what it means when we worry and what I do to divert my thoughts and actions from worry mode to relax mode.
One day, I read a quote from my daily scriptures that said something like this, “Do not worry, for God only intended that we experience that scenario once, if he decides to put us through it.” After reading those words, I realized I had never thought about how worrying affects us in that way.
Firstly, worrying carries you through scenarios multiple times in different ways. All the while, you experience several emotions.
Secondly, we worry about things that might not even happen, which means we torture ourselves for nothing!
Lastly, worrying makes it seem as though we do not have faith or trust in God. Stop! Take that in. Now, remember, God is sovereign. He controls all things. He will not give you more than you can handle. Therefore, relax.
Relax in His presence, gratefully, quietly, prayerfully knowing that you have realistically planned and did all that you can do. God will work it all out as He has ordained. Do not worry. Give every fear, challenge, and unexpected or unwarranted thing to God. Relax.
If you are like me, I know it’s easier said than done and it most definitely takes some practice. But it’s possible. To change our thoughts and actions, we have to make a conscious effort to do so. I want to challenge you to shift your focus when that feeling of worry comes crawling in. Redirect your attention to God in those moments and whisper your own words of affirmation that you have faith and trust in God. Place each situation you are facing in His hands. Then take a deep breath. Leave it to Him and relax. I do this multiple times a day, and it does help. Take comfort in knowing that God is on our side and has our best interest at heart.
So, what worry must you abandon so that you can relax today?
Annalice Daniel | DPW Guest Writer
Annalice is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, but now resides in Georgia with her husband and dog Boone. She is a dynamic life and relationship coach, who encourages women through sharing stories and inspiring them to live their best life. Annalice is a true believer that “everything happens for a reason,” and teaches women how they too can find purpose in each season!