Our Thoughts…

From much of the reading I’ve done lately on the subject of depression and anxiety, it seems there’s a direct correlation between our thoughts and symptoms.

But, I think when you struggle with anxiety, thoughts seem to come upon you as an uninvited guest.

I also know, if you have too much time on your hands, you can obsess and ruminate on your problems and health.

A godly friend of mine and counselor told me to stay busy and don’t ruminate on your health.

Distract yourself in a good way.

I love to study and read. So I try to use my time, either to read, write or listen to sermons. This greatly helps!

Or, I will tackle my wives “Honey do” list! Remember, thoughts can induce anxiety. This is why it’s important to meditate on godly and pure things.

Whenever you start feeling that tug and tingling feeling in your gut, just change your thinking to those pleasing things of the Lord.

Philippines 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Blessings

Jeff

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  1. Agree with this about staying busy. I would also say that for some, this may not be enough. Because the thoughts of anxiety and depression permeate their being so much, even activity is not enough to block the thoughts. However, I would add that perhaps the negative thoughts are formed out of an unconscious habit? If that is the case, then it seems that a new habit is required. The activity paired with the thoughts of accomplishment could somehow form the new mental habit of our thoughts? At the end of the day, getting up to be active and to change our thoughts may more about choice than we realize, so without ever making the attempt to change the habit we will never know if it truly works or not. The bible is thick with examples of doing to create results; not sitting back to wait for results. My 2 cents…

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