Overcoming Anxiety: or “How to stop feeling like you’re drowning in responsibility!”- Part 3

In this series, I will share my own struggle with constantly feeling overwhelmed and the steps I took to significantly reduce it.  This is a topic I think most moms can identify with, especially moms with young children.  You can find tips on setting goals in Part 1 or making and keeping a daily schedule in Part 2.

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Regardless of the area below in which you struggle, the key is to think about your thinking. Philippians 4:8 says,

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthymeditate on these things.

None of my suggestions are going to completely help if you are still thinking the wrong thing. When you get your thoughts in check, act upon correct thoughts (or simply “do the right thing”), your feelings will follow. Trust me.

Another area to help organize your life is to plan your menu.  I did a series on budget-friendly meal solutions, and you can find them here.

Some suggestions include starting with a 1-week, then increase to 2- or 4-week increments.  A great way to have a break from planning and full-fledged cooking is to include a night for leftovers.  When planning your menu, don’t forget “side” dishes to accompany the meal.  Make a grocery list to maximize your time and reduce your spending at the store.  Double recipes to put in the freezer for a day when you are super busy or pressed for time.

Planning your menu is a great way to reduce stress and add more time to your busy day.  Remember, focus on your thinking to change it from, “I can’t do this!” to “I can do this because God has called me to do this.” The more you change your thinking to correct things (anything categorized in Phil. 4:8), the less anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed you will face.  Your thoughts are important as your feelings will follow your thoughts. As my pastor’s wife often says, “Right feelings follow right thoughts.”  

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