When you’re anxious for a long period of time, it can be incredibly difficult to focus on anything positive. Just getting through a day is a monumental task at times. So the thought of investing yourself in ways to overcome your anxiety seems downright impossible.
However, as we’ve already seen, taking proactive steps to engage your mind in other things is often exactly what helps to move past anxious thoughts. A focus or belief in a spiritual way of life is one very effective tool for improving your mood. When you find your spirituality, you begin to see things differently and to invest your energies in things that are important to you.
Let me show you how it can work.
First of all, know that you don’t have to belong to one specific religion or to attend worship services in a fixed location with other people. A solitary spiritual practice can be just as effective in helping to manage your stress as formal worship with a group. One of the primary ways that spirituality helps to lessen anxiety is that it places emphasis on something other than yourself.
When you’re preoccupied with your problems, you get stuck in a holding pattern that only intensifies your anxious feelings. Spiritual practice allows you to dedicate your thoughts and actions toward a higher being, God, the Universe, your fellow worshippers or practice-related philanthropies. Any steps to put your energy out into the world is a beneficial one toward overcoming the cycle of negative thinking anxiety can cause.
Spiritual activities and practice can require a great devotion of your time. Even if there’s not a formal time requirement, you’ll likely want to get involved in learning as much as you can about your faith and figuring out the best ways to implement it into your life. Frankly, this time spent creates a wonderful distraction from the nagging pain of anxiety. You’re using your time constructively to better yourself in person and in spirit. Any type of learning or self-growth is actually good for combatting negative and self-destructive emotional patterns.
The concept of faith is one that lends itself well to overcoming distress. Part of the reason anxiousness takes hold of people so strongly is that such thoughts become ingrained in the mind. When you’re focused on anxious thinking, you tend to not believe that things will improve.
Most forms of spirituality are actually based on belief, the belief or faith that there is something greater determining life’s outcome. This type of faith can be one of the most powerful tools in overcoming a negative hold like anxiety. Therefore, taking up a spiritual practice just might make more sense in your pursuit to deal with this dreaded issue than you ever could have imagined.
When you find your spirituality, you’ve embraced a number of actions that help to fight off anxiety. Take some time to explore the process and follow a path that feels right to you.