Anxiety & Perspective

In Numbers 13 v.17-33 God told Moses to send spies to explore the land of Canaan. They returned afraid, saying, “We are but grasshoppers in our and in the inhabitant’s eyes.” However, Caleb had a different perspective, his evaluation was positive; how we interpret life’s challenges can affect us emotionally.

Learn to develop optimism and positivity and acquire a ‘Caleb Spirit’.

We all have some sort of faulty thinking, such as ‘black and white’ thinking, over-generalising, personalising, jumping to negative conclusions, predicting catastrophe, comparing, mind reading etc. We have this self-talk, alongside some rigid rules, which we unconsciously adhere to and the ‘oughts and shoulds’ in our lives. There are ‘life scripts’ which are passed down through generations and unconsciously we may teach our children to be anxious about life. Try to identify your own thinking patterns by monitoring them in times when you feel upset, name them, and then look for solutions to resolve the anxiety-invoking situations.