There are many different triggers for anxiety. Today I wanted to focus on one in particular, “future trippin”. This phrase is commonly used amongst those in AA and it means worrying about the future.

When it comes to worry and anxiety, it can feel like a chicken or the egg scenario. Worry is when we think negatively about a potential outcome in the future. Anxiety is a sense of unease and foreboding. 

When we worry it can look like problem solving,  planning, or figuring out on the surface. In actuality, it is us attempting to control the future.

Since it is impossible to control the future, we experience symptoms of anxiety whenever we try to. These symptoms can include racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, shortness of breath, etc.

One thing that you can do about this is sit with God and ask, “Please help me to know when I have gone from planning (...or problem solving or trying to figure out) to worry. Help me to then surrender these concerns to you. “

Next, rest in stillness to make time listen to the Holy Spirit.

Resting in God allows for peace to enter where there was once fear.

Ashley Buffington