Dipo Adebayo
3 min readFeb 20, 2023

5 Simple Strategies To Stop Being Anxious

There are that we have no business worrying about.

We worry about that colleague that doesn't like us, or some mistake we made in the past

We can't control who likes us, but we can control how we react when they show their dislike— either we respond with hate or with grace.

We can't change our past— there's no use going over it again and again, but we can determine our future— that's what requires our attention.

There are 5 things to note to help you worry less.

1- The only person you have full control of is YOU.

Stop letting things you can't control worry you and drain your energy. Focus on things you can control.

And the number one thing you can control is YOU.

The better you become, the more you expand your influence and can influence people and situations connected to you.

2- You can't control people:

The best you can do is influence them. In the end, THEY decide what they do.

Similarly, you don't control people's opinions about you. No matter what you do, some people will not like you or regard you.

Stop worrying about it. Instead, focus on what you can control- you. Keep improving yourself so you become someone that God is proud of. That's what matters.

3- You don't always control the outcome of your efforts:

You may apply for a job or some business deal but you don't decide if they accept you or not. Stop worrying about it.

Instead, work on what you can control; keep improving your CV or proposal and keep applying for other jobs or business deals.

4- Do this for situations outside your control:

You can't control some situations, but there may be someone who can. See if you can influence that situation through that person, or through someone who knows that person.

Sometimes, the best you can do about things outside your control is PRAY; talk to the ONE in control of everything. Then, just REST.

You may say, "Dipo, these things are easier said than done." I agree. But it is possible. You can train your mind, by God's help, to worry less and less about things you cannot control and focus more on things that you can

5- Say the Serenity Prayer & Meditate on Scripture:

Do you often find yourself worried or anxious?

Say the Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

And memorize and think deeply about these scriptures:

Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life... Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? Matthew 6:25‭-‬26 AMP

And which of you by worrying can add one hour to his life’s span? So if you are not even able to do a very little thing [such as that], why are you worried about the rest? Luke 12:25‭-‬26 AMP

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Dipo Adebayo

I am a water engineer, softskills coach, writer & teen counselor. I write on hope and rising above shame, rejection, fear & failure. Follow on IG @dipoadebayo