Practice talking about anxiety
Think of an adult you trust who might be a good person to call on if ever you need someone to talk to.
You can even request a meeting with one of our volunteers at Refuge
This week, your challenge is to strengthen your relationship with that person and practice talking about how you feel.
Look over your schedule (preferably with a parent) to see if you can find an hour to meet with that person this week. Think about where you might like to meet with them (perhaps at your home, at church, or in a coffee shop).
Contact that person and ask them if they would be willing to meet with you this week.
If you’re not sure what to say, try this:
“My youth group is learning about how to live a healthy life in an anxious world. We’ve been challenged to build ourselves a circle of people we can talk with if we ever need to. Because you’re someone I trust, I would like to invite you to be a part of my circle.
Would you be willing to meet with me this week so that I can practice talking about anxiety and pray about it together?”
REMEMBER: This person should be a trusted adult. And be sure to talk with your parents about who you will be meeting with beforehand.
The Daily Replay
1. Become aware of God’s presence. Find a quiet place, away from distractions. Take several moments to breathe, relax, and invite God to be present with you.
2. Review the day with gratitude. What are the good things that have happened today? What can I give thanks for?
3. Pay attention to your emotions. What moments throughout my day have been difficult or tense? Where is God at work in the midst of my anxious moments? What might God—or anxiety—be trying to tell me?
4. Forgive, and ask for forgiveness. Who am I angry or frustrated with? Are there things I can forgive and let go in order to have peace? What would I like to be forgiven for?
5. Look toward tomorrow. How can tomorrow be different? What would I like to ask God to help me with?