Anxiety Is Really An Issue Of Control

I recognize some might disagree with my statement that anxiety is really an issue of control. And I’m sure there are many cases where an individual struggles with anxiety as a mental illness. But for the rest of us, I’m confident that at the heart of our anxiety is some form of control-related perspective. Just to name a few:

“I worry if my daughter will be safe going to the movies with her friends.”

Worry is a form of anxiety experienced when you have no apparent reason to be worried, but worries that something unexpected might affect the way you expect things to turn out.

“I fear what might happen if the election doesn’t go the way I think it should.”

Fear is a form of anxiety that you feel when you truly believe that, unless the outcome of an event is now what you feel it should be, something bad will be the result.

“I’m anxious to see what she thinks of the surprise I got for her.”

Being anxious is a form of anxiety that that you experience when you feel insecure about how another person might respnse to something you’ve done.

Woman rubbing her eyes with worry

“I’m nervous about getting up in front of my class to do my presentation.”

Being nervous is a form of anxiety you feel when you have concern about what others might think of you or your performance.”

“I’m upset I had to wait so long to get into the doctor.”

Being upset is a form of anxiety that is akin to anger in that you allow something you can’t control to make you angry and upset.

“I’m apprehensive about committing to serve on that committee.”

Being apprehensive is a form of anxiety you feel when you are considering or have made a commitment without at peace with any undesirable oucomes that might lead to.

“I’m hesitant to trust them after what happened last time.”

Being hesitant is a form of anxiety you experience when you have are considering something that you’ve had a negative or adverse experience with in the past.

God has much to say about our anxiety and fears

Even though fear, worry, and anxiety are common to man. But you don’t have to allow them to consume you or derail your joy and peace in life. Here are some of my favorite scriptures that speak God’s hope and confidence into you.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 ESV

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

Psalm 34:4 NIV

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

Psalm 56:3 ESV

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