Dealing with Anxiety. Recommended Resources.
In these times of extreme uncertainty, we’re all dealing with anxiety, one way or another.
The prospect of our health deteriorating, even death, isolation, under-employment or unemployment, combined with the challenges of being exposed to a constant flux of information, mostly bad news, are threatening our mental health and well-being.
We identified a few useful resources by Christian practitioners in counselling, psychology and mental health professionals, which address these issues from a biblical perspective.
We think these resources offer a sound biblical perspective on how to deal with fear and anxiety, by drawing our attention to God and his never failing faithfulness.
We’ve put together a list of articles and resources which you might find useful during these times of crisis and uncertainty triggered by the Covid 19 pandemic.
When "the pillars shake", when nothing seems secure, God remains in control.
Dr. Pablo Martinez reminds us that trust and hope are the best resources against anxiety. Prayer allows us to cultivate and renew our relationship with God, which is the foundation of our existence. Read the entire article here: http://christian-thought.org/articles/anxiety-when-the-pillars-shake.html
From the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation website, we’d like to point you to the following articles which we found particularly relevant for our present circumstances (we’re confident you can find more useful resources yourself, if you have a look on their website):
On dealing with monotony:
Embrace the monotony of your particular wilderness this day, knowing that your God is purposefully at work in your life.
On the fear of being alone:
With the Holy Spirit living inside us, the reality is that we are never, ever alone. Does that mean we never get lonely? No. Does that mean we’re never afraid of being alone? No. But it does mean we’re not left to ourselves when we’re feeling this way.
Read more: https://www.ccef.org/fear-of-being-alone/
On exploring options for preparing ourselves for the post-pandemic reality:
Will a season of enforced remote work and online fellowship lead us to become people who spiral down into disconnection and increasing self-focus or will it spur us to long to be with others in every way we can and do much more than small talk however we connect?
On waiting well in times of uncertainty:
The COVID 19 crisis provides us with an opportunity to think about how we respond to anxiety. Waiting well in the face of our anxiety about a coming danger means taking seriously the reality of the danger. Pour out your anxieties to your Father in Heaven. Do not churn fruitlessly inside your own heart with worries! When you are afraid, turn to him. Cast your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
On confronting uncertainty:
Your mind will do anything to get away from uncertainty.
There is almost nothing that troubles the human brain more than, ‘just no knowing’.
In uncertain times, be reminded of the words of Jesus: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me”
We also highly recommend you to listen to John Wyatt’s podcast "Coronavirus – Mental health, anxiety and hope”:
Is it healthy or wise to remain in this state of anxiety and fearfulness? How can we see God at work during times of mental health crisis and perpetual anxiety about death? And how can we foster an appropriate, grounded but Christlike hopefulness in its place?
All pictures taken from the original posts, except the cover photo [Katie Moum on Unsplash].