Anxiety threatens to steal away our joy and peace by consuming our focus and kicking our imaginations into overdrive. Specifically with COVID-19, individuals are struggling with disquieting thoughts, such as worrying about infecting loved ones, dwelling on possible death, and feeling concerned for vulnerable populations.
In the New Testament, the Greek word “merimnate” appears 17 times and can convey either positive, genuine concern or more negative rumination and anxiety. In Philippians 4:6, we are told to, “be anxious for nothing,” which is really trying to convey that we should not dwell upon anxious or troubling thoughts, and it continues to say, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Luckily, you do not have to be alone with your “merimnate” while self-isolating or social distancing, as there are spiritually-oriented tools and resources that help you learn to process anxiety with wisdom. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, these 5 ways of coping will help you manage your emotions.