We highly recommend you watch the whole video, but here are some quick helpful notes from the interview:
1. Focus on what you can control, not on what you can't
We've been inundated with information, news, and situations that are way outside our control. These kinds of things outside our control can cause us to experience anxiety. But what can we control? Our presence. Our bodies. Our choices. Let's use those powers for our own well-being.
2. Concentrate on your body, breathing, and senses
One of the things you can almost always control is your body. Simple tricks can help get us out of ruminating in our head, and into the present moment. Try tapping your fingers from each hand together rhythmically. Can you concentrate on your nostrils as you breathe to figure out which one is letting in more air? You can also focus on the actual information being brought in through your senses of smell, taste, hearing. These things help calm us down and make us more present.
3. Be intentional about what you're consuming
Study after study shows that social media is not a good substitute for physical presence and relationship. The news is not a good substitute for scripture. Scrolling your feeds doesn't feed your soul. Ask yourself, what am I consuming? How much am I consuming? Am I feeding my spiritual life with God's truth and gospel Good News?