How can you lead effectively when you struggle with anxiety? And how can you support those you lead who face this mental health challenge?

Coping with Anxiety as a Christian Leader


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In this episode, we are kicking off a new series about Mental Health as Holly shares her struggle with anxiety. May is Mental Health Awareness month, so through this month we will be bringing you episodes to help you as a Christian leader. Whether you are facing a mental health issue or you want to increase your awareness, this series will be a great resource for you.

In this conversation, Holly shares openly about how she has battled with anxiety since childhood, and how she finally got to the point where she was able to reach out for help. She also shares some of the ways she’s received healing as well as coping skills to deal with the anxiety when it shows up. 

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Key Points Discussed in our conversation about coping with anxiety as a christian leader

  • Holly’s experience with anxiety [5:00]
    • First time she recognized her anxiety
    • Anxiety in different seasons of life
  • What Holly has done to battle anxiety [20:51]
    • Prayer
    • Reaching out for help
    • Medication
    • Practical coping skills – self-reflection, establishing her baseline, grounding
    • Scripture & taking thoughts captive
  • How anxiety has impacted her relationships [36:43]
  • Identifying anxiety’s triggers [40:51]
  • How Holly has experienced wins with anxiety [44:45]
  • How anxiety has impacted Holly’s leadership journey [48:30]
  • Fun question of the day [57:00]


  • “I remember having this realization that I have no positive thoughts, ever.”
  • “This is the hard work of anxiety: trying to figure out what your triggers are, and then what is really underlying those.”
  • “Leadership feels like doing scary things… if there’s one thing that people with anxiety do well, it’s doing things when they’re scared.”

Recommended Mental Health Resources:

  • Finding Hope in Helping: Go from drained, worn-out and stretched beyond capacity to being equipped to negotiate the complex demands and care needs of your ministry – Course from Laura Howe at Hope Made Strong 
  • Faithful Counseling: Professional mental health counseling from a Biblical perspective


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