Thank you for these awesome tips, Rolene! I will definitely try them out and think of your “REST” acronym the next time I’m feeling anxious.
How to deal with anxiety
Anxiety is a regular guest in most of our homes. And yes, anxiety can be normal at times – like stressful situations such as public speaking, writing an exam or going on a first date. When anxiety becomes excessive, consuming and interferes with your daily living, it is unhealthy and can indicate an underlying disease.
I get quite anxious when I am not in control of certain situations (especially when it comes to our two boys), and when time runs out and I don’t know how I’m going to get to all my responsibilities.
Are you struggling with anxiety? Here’s how I deal with it using my acronym REST.
RECOGNISE: Recognise the symptoms, signs, triggers and patterns. Don’t suppress your thoughts as suppressed thoughts could become stronger.
REST: Breathe deeply, rest in God’s strength and presence. 2 Cor 12:9 says His power is made perfect in our weakness!
EAT: Eat balanced and whole foods.
EXERCISE: Move and be active.
SLEEP: Prioritise sleep! Sleep affects your mood.
STILLNESS: Journal and write down your thoughts. Break away from life’s craziness.
TIME: Take time out, especially quality time with loved ones.
TALK: Talk to someone. If anxiety interferes with your daily life and activities it is time to see a professional.
If you would like to watch my latest #TimeOutTuesday video where I share more about my anxiety acronym REST, click the image below:
PS: Here’s a little reminder that you are not alone! He that is within you is greater than he that is in the world.