One of my favorite scriptures is 1 Peter 5: 7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Throughout my Christian life, I have come to embrace that scripture, and it has changed the way I handle my challenges and the ones people share with me. We must come to terms with the fact that we are not problem solvers.  We must acknowledge Him when we feel overwhelmed and helpless.  The effects of anxiety may elude us, and we will fail to notice the physical and mental effects.

Anxiety can produce nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry. Adrenalin is released, and the rush goes throughout the body. During Covid -19, anxiety has affected more people, and they are experiencing stress that comes from work, money, family, and health.

Adrenaline helps your body react more quickly. It makes the heartbeat faster, increases blood flow to the brain and muscles, and stimulates the body to make sugar to use for fuel.

When you are anxious, the cortisol levels increase; you may experience blood pressure problems, headaches, weight gain, difficulty sleeping, and concentration.

Think of cortisol as nature’s built-in alarm system. It is your body’s primary stress hormone. It works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, and fear.

I am thankful that as I grow more mature in my Christian experience, I understand how important it is to hide God’s word in my thoughts.  Besides exercising to boost my energy levels to combat that anxious feeling, I turn to the scriptures. Because there are many obstacles and changes that we cannot handle from a physical perspective, many go beyond the natural into the spiritual realm.

Life will bring more challenges, obstacles, and pain than some can withstand. There are no quick fixes, but if you apply to pray, using the scriptures, and getting the proper exercise, you can gain control over the anxiety.