It is useless to try to manipulate the effectiveness of our work by sacrificing the needs of our body - especially our need to sleep.
Don't just journal. Journal effectively.
Writing is one of our greatest tools against cyclical thinking. Here's why…
Openness and confession allow you to lay your burdens down. Sometimes confession, just speaking your fear out loud, releases you from that fear altogether.
This simple practice will help un-hurry and un-clutter your mind, eventually giving you an imaginary shut-off switch so you can focus in the moments that matter most.
Find what transfers the the love of God from your mind to your heart. Stick those things in your tool box to go back to over and over again when you're anxious.
Start with empathy and encouragement.
“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” - Charles Spurgeon
Since God is prepared for anything we don't have to prepare for everything. We can enjoy the peace of mind that moderate preparation bings and the peace of mind that God already knows what we're going to need ahead of time.
The only thing that absolutely has to be perfect for us to get through this life already is. His name is Jesus.
The only person whose opinion will matter for billions and trillions of years is Jesus. He is your master, no one else. He will judge you, no one else. He went easy on us on the cross, so don't fear mere man, mere people being hard on you.
As you know by now, “Don’t think about it.” is not an option. So, might I suggest we do the opposite?
We can live lives of adventure or lives of avoidance but we can't live both.
Catastrophizing is imagining an outcome of a situation far worse than it will actually be (or even could actually be).
Thus, when circumstances that we cannot control arise, we get anxiety and start seeking the position of ultimate control, rather than the One with ultimate control.
Relief from anxiety is a journey. The first step on that journey is getting clear on what you're anxious about.Write here…
Pessimistic people may never be able to become optimistic, but we can become thankful.
Instead of mentally listing all the potential dangers of failing, list all the people in your life who wouldn't give a rip if you failed.
If you want to over-analyze something, try over analyzing the love of God.