Anxiety can snowball. Fear can freeze us to the spot. These feelings can absolutely fool us into thinking we’re stuck and cornered with no way out. Don’t let that happen.
Here’s what to do the next time anxiety threatens to hold you hostage:
- Divide to conquer.
Quickly take stock of how you feel versus what is truly happening (because our feelings are not always true indicators of what’s really going on).
- Act only on what you know.
Your feelings are completely valid. But avoid making a knee-jerk reaction you may later regret. Instead, focus on crafting an intentional response.
- Create an “exit strategy.”
Rarely are we ever truly cornered, but it can often feel this way. Refuse to give in to helplessness. If you can’t find an “exit” out of the situation, then identify and find someone who can help you navigate your way out.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)