The Balanced Life

Rebecca Tucker, LCSW

FOGGY MORNINGS

If you live in the central California valley like I do, you know what it means to have a foggy morning. The fog hangs in misty shrouds that can be depressing and a bit hazardous to drive in.

This can also be true of our thoughts.  Proverbs 12:25 says that anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.  Forgive the folksy expression, but are you a worry wart?  I remember my parents using this term on many occasions, usually when one was worrying about something they could not control.   Worry can be like fog–shrouding us in a depressing mist that is hazardous for our mental, physical and spiritual health.Proverbs 12

It may cloud our minds for many reasons, but it never solves problems and often makes them worse.  However, we get to decide what we think about.  We may be more accustomed to letting worry take over, but we can choose to be mindful of where we are in the present.

Choosing deliberately what we think about lifts the fog and clears the way for us to see the best solution for our problems.  In fact,  recent research on how God effects our brain shows that if we dwell on a God of love, and act in love our brains experience healing.  The opposite is true if we dwell on an angry, vengeful God– our brains are actually damaged.  Love heals. Fear steals–health, time, relationships, . . . In light of this research, we want to choose to redirect our thoughts from those things that produce anxiety and think instead on those truths that bring healing.

If you are unable to control your worry and it is daily and seems to control you, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.  Anxiety disorders occur for many reasons, but can be treated successfully with counseling and sometimes medication.

References:

Newberg, Andrew: How God Changes Your Brain, Ballentine Books, 2009

Jennings, M.D., Timothy: The God Shaped Brain, IVP Books, 2013

 

 

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