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A Note from Middle School Counselor Mrs. Pfuetze

Recently, I had the privilege of speaking to the 7th graders during their Bible classes. I covered the topic of anxiety. Below, I have given a bullet-point list of what we discussed. I hope your student talked about it with you; if he/she did not discuss what he/she learned, feel free to begin a conversation based on my notes.

Anxiety is a normal emotion and a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease typically about an event or something with an uncertain outcome. The Bible discusses stress/worry many times. Because of The Fall, there is anxiety; because of anxiety, life can be overwhelming and feel hopeless. Fear not! There is hope. God is sovereign, and He has given us many healthy ways to handle this emotion in order to get help and support and have hope.

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Examples of symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feelings of tension
  • Muscles tensing
  • Physical changes like increased blood pressure
  • Avoiding situations out of worry
  • Sweating, trembling, dizziness or rapid heartbeat
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Worried thoughts
  • Recurring thoughts or dreams
  • Picking at the skin, biting nails, twisting hair, etc.
  • Switching syllables in words, stuttering
  • Panic, fear, uneasiness
  • Sleep problems
  • Not being able to stay calm or still
  • Cold, sweaty, numb, tingling hands or feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

There are plenty of Scripture references to encourage us during times of worry. A few include:

  • Philippians 4:6-7
  • John 14:27
  • Proverbs 12:25
  • Psalm 56:3
  • Matthew 6:25-34

There are ways we can alleviate our anxiety:

  • Spending time with God, reading the Bible, prayer, and thanksgiving
  • Sleep
  • Eating well
  • Exercising
  • Listening to or playing music (classical, jazz)
  • Hobbies
  • Talking to someone you trust (parents, youth pastor, teacher, coach, counselor, etc.)
  • Get off of social media! (I know you do not like this, but it is true!)
  • Tapping, body scanning (only to be taught to you by a professional – me!)

Lastly, we discussed that God is in control. He is big enough to handle all of us. He can manage our anxieties, stresses, and worries. Though He can take it away, He may not, but He promises to sit with us in our anxieties and to never forsake us. We will never be alone. He is our hope.

If you have any questions, please contact Mollie Pfuetze, Middles School Counselor. It is a privilege to teach your children!