As teachers, we can so easily be overwhelmed by anxiety and stress. Join us as Crystal Kershaw shares Scriptural principles and practical strategies to help us overcome anxiety and teach with a sense of God's presence and peace.
We encourage you to listen to the whole episode above. Here's how the episode breaks down:
- Anxiety is a normal part of life experience in the world we live in. (3:40)
- Learning to deal with our anxiety is learning to be dependent on Christ.
- Turn to Christ
- Pray through the situation
- Go do what you can (4:20)
- Try to understand exactly what you're feeling because it manifests in different ways for different people.
- What's going on in my body?
- What's going on in my mind?
- What's going on with my emotions? (5:25)
- It's helpful to pray, "God, please show me the next step." Anxiety tries to trap us. (8:08)
- Two lessons we can learn from the Israelites wandering the desert:
- God is with us.
- God is trustworthy. (12:03)
- Practical applications:
- Place altar stones in your classroom to remind yourself how God has been faithful.
- Visualize yourself in your classroom the way that you want it to be. (13:43)
- Lessons we can learn from Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane:
- Access your community (He asked the disciples to pray).
- Put into words what you're facing.
- Surrender to God. (16:45)
- Identify if your anxiety has a sin root and if so, confess. (22:04)
- An emotion wheel is a great thing to have in your classroom to help identify more specific emotions. (23:05)
- Some other helpful techniques:
- Be transparent with others
- Box breathing
- Breathing with a prayer
- Visualize the most calming image of Jesus you have (25:50)
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