The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Rx for anxious times

“The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (Psalm 46:6-7).

Wartime can feel like being covered with a heavy blanket. Those of us with family or friends on active duty or responsible for making military decisions feel the weight of this blanket more heavily. The blanket can feel oppressive, slowing our movements and thinking, clouding our vision, muffling our hearing and even making breathing difficult. Those feelings of oppression are aggravated by the 24-hour news coverage of every detail of battle.

As you seek to stay healthy and well during these anxious times, try to lift your head out from under that blanket and take a deep breath. You can:

• Stop watching news around the clock and focus your attention on everyday life.

• Don’t neglect the demands or overlook the joys of everyday living. Replace images of war with family photos, fresh flowers and favorite artwork. Listen to inspirational music rather than the sounds of battle or the constant drone of reporters.

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