So many of us, even those strong in faith, wonder how they can stop worrying.
While worry may be part of the human condition, it's important to hear what Jesus had to say about it in the Bible:
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matt 6:34).
No matter how much we try, we can't control everything in our lives. With this virus we are fighting, many of us feel more out of control than ever. It's time to learn to trust God.
When you wake up— and whenever you begin to worry during the day — stop for a moment and give your concerns to God. Consider adopting a short and simple prayer such as: "Lord, I abandon myself to your will." Or, "Jesus, I trust in You." As your trust and surrender grow, your worry will lessen.
My wife, Linda, has a great devotion to Padre Pio. His most famous quote fits our current situation to a tee. He said: "Pray hope and don't worry."
More than ever now is a time to focus on excellent life skills. All of us need to focus on eating right, getting a little exercise like walking around the block, taking some time each day for reflection and prayer, getting plenty of sleep, nurturing our relationships via the phone, email, Facetime, or Zoom and maintaining regular rituals that help dissipate stress. I am cleaning the garage and find it very therapeutic! The closets are next.
Worry is ultimately about fear — the fear of what might happen. We all have fears, and sometimes they can hold us hostage to a future that doesn't exist — and may never exist. The best way to combat fear is to focus on its opposite — love. One way to flood your life with more love is to be more grateful. If you can't stop worrying about our current medical crisis, start listing all the things you're grateful for in the situation — the roof over your head, the food in your refrigerator, loved ones who support you, your faith, time with family, etc.
Feel free to reachout to me if you need to chat. firstname.lastname@example.org. You are loved!
Prayer: Spend some time in a prayer of gratitude, thanking God for all the gifts in your life.
Action: Call someone you know is worrying.