Have you been lying awake at night with anxious thoughts running through your head about the Coronavirus and its effects on every aspect of life? Yeah, me too. I’ve found myself in this situation often enough in my life (yes, even before Coronavirus) that I’ve found a three step system to stop anxiety in its tracks and get the sleep I need.
It’s simple and quiet, so you don’t disturb your partner next to you or any other sleeping person in the house.
First, pray. When anxiety creeps up on you and pushes you into your well worn groove before you even realize it, pray. If you lie awake for hours before you recognize you’re anxious, pray.
Second, petition Jesus to help you let anxiety go. Set your anxiety on God’s altar or Jesus’ feet. Use whatever release image works best for you. Here are some examples to get your creative juices flowing: release a balloon; fire consuming paper; leaf or paper boat floating down stream; etc. Visualize the release of your anxious thoughts.
Third, respond with thanksgiving and trust. This step is the most important and one which makes a difference. Thank God and tell Him you trust Him. Give thanks for your trust in Yahweh, Jehovah, Lord, Savior, Yeshua, Lord Almighty, Counselor, Prince of Peace, I AM, etc. Use whichever name you prefer. Affirm your trust over and over for as long as it takes to fall asleep.
That’s it! Those are the three steps. Pray. Petition. Thanksgiving. Sounds simple. Yet I find myself repeating the steps for each and every anxious thought.
These steps work for me. They will work for you tonight.
God bless and stay healthy.
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