5 Ways You Are Letting Anxiety Control Your Day

5. Self-Criticism

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Anxiety often fuels self-criticism. Negative self-talk, feelings of inadequacy, and self-doubt can plague your thoughts, hindering your spiritual growth and causing emotional distress. This can hold you back from achieving your goals. But Romans 8:1-2 reminds you that in Christ, you are free from condemnation and self-criticism: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” You can find peace in God’s unconditional love for you. Psalm 139:14 serves as a reminder of your true identity in God’s eyes.: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Embrace this truth, understanding that you are God’s masterpiece, created with purpose and love. Replace self-criticism with self-acceptance and confidence in God’s work in you. Challenge your negative thoughts, as well. Whenever you catch yourself thinking negatively about yourself, say a prayer asking God to let you feel his love for you and help you love yourself as God loves you. It is also important to practice self-compassion. This means being kind and understanding toward yourself, even when you make mistakes. Self-criticism fueled by anxiety can be a relentless force. It leads to a negative self-image and self-doubt, hindering your spiritual growth and causing you emotional distress. Remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God’s design – and embrace God’s perspective of you as one of his beloved children.

In conclusion, anxiety can easily control your daily thoughts and actions if left unaddressed. However, God will help you every step of the way to overcome anxiety and regain control over your daily life. By confronting avoidance, overthinking, control, procrastination, and self-criticism with the wisdom in God’s Word, you can find peace and strength. You can break free from the grip of anxiety and embrace the abundant life that God wants you to live!

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