Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
So the other day, I sent an email entitled “The New Normal”. I shared how there are many good things happening right now as we go through this time of self-quarantine. There are many difficult and painful things happening too. We have never been through anything that even remotely compares to this. And we may not know how to handle it.
I was listening to a podcast the other day and they were sharing about anxiety. The experts say that we are all suffering from anxiety right now and I believe them. It may manifest itself in different ways for different people, but we all feel it.
For me personally, I am struggling with getting to sleep at night and consequently wake up tired in the morning. I have trouble focusing to get things done and without the normal routine, I am having trouble with my schedule. I haven’t personally been affected by the coronavirus in my family, and my close friends who have had it, all recovered. But just the other day I heard that someone I had a professional relationship with died of it, and I just became overwhelmed with grief. I’m sure that some of you are feeling the same way.
So how do you and I deal with this anxiety?
Sometimes, things are so obvious that we think we shouldn’t even have to say it, but during times of great stress, we do need it said. We need it to be said over and over. So here is what you (and I) need to do:
- Go to bed – Don’t stay up all night. Turn the devices off and get as much sleep as possible.
- Exercise – I know the gym is closed, but there are plenty of ways to exercise at home. Just try going up and down the stairs 10 times in a row.
- Eat well – Fight the urge to eat all the time. Eat things that are good for you. Try to eat on a normal schedule. This will help you sleep better too.
- Get some solitude – You need to get some alone time with God and with your thoughts. You need to just take a couple of deep breaths and try to relax.
- Connect with friends – We are all social creatures. Loneliness is an epidemic in our culture today. Reach out to your friends and family. Spend some time on the phone or Facetime or Skype with them.
Even after doing all these things, you may still feel out of sorts.
Remember, God is still on the throne. He knows everything that is going to happen. This fear is not from God.
2 Timothy 1:7 God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.