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Worry … is it worth it?

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”
Corrie ten Boom

What does worry cost you?   When you worry  you lose your power, you give it up, and it takes the joy out of today.    Think of worry as a thief, a thief that only robs you of your energy.     What are you worrying about right now?

One way to shift your mind from worrying about what might go wrong to thinking about what will go right.    If worry stops you in your tracks and shifts your thinking to “I can’t do _______________”, what would happen if you changed that to “I can do _______________”, instead?

Our society dwells on what can go wrong most of the time.   Think about the news you are listening to.   What was positive and uplifting in what you heard or watched?

We tend to use words like “don’t”, “watch out for”, “can’t” or some other negative view.   What would happen if you created sentences and thoughts that were powerfully supportive?   Think about what you can make happen.   Think about what you can do.   Think about what it will be like when you succeed.   Focus on the outcome you desire rather than the one you don’t want.

Take a look at Corrie’s quote about worry.  What does she say about worry, “it robs today of its strength”?    Here are some thing you can do.

1. Acknowledge the issue you face.   Say it out loud, “The problem is ___________”.

2. What can be done to solve the problem?   List out all the ideas you have.

3.  What one idea is something you can start today?

4. Focus on what you can do.   Focus on the result you want.

If you don’t know what you can do then create a mindmap and explore some ways to work out the worries.   Think about solutions to the problem and the positive outcome rather than what negative things could happen.

What can you do to worry less?

 

 

put anxiety behind you

Anxiety, fear and the pressure of daily life takes its toll on many and reduces their ability to sleep, work, and think well.   When the speed of daily living moves at such a pace that it feels like the world would sooner expel you into the depths of space then it is time step back from the maelstrom of chaos.  So, what can you do?

Here are some of the symptoms of a life that is going too fast:

          Rushed, not enough time to do what needs to be done

          Not feeling in control

          Irritation with others who enter your space, consciousness

          Tightness in the stomach

          Numbness to the world and self, lack of feelings

          Disconnection from life

          Life no longer is enjoyable

          Feeling like there is always anxiety or pressure in each day

How much are you investing emotionally by being preoccupied by the events of the day?  

When life seems to be overwhelming there are some simple steps that can be taken to restore normalcy.   Practice for five minutes twice a day.

1.      Write down the things that preoccupies your mind.   List them on paper.

2.      Breathe out the things that occupy your mind. Slowly release the things that are invading the thoughts in your mind.

3.      Bring in thoughts of appreciation, of beauty, of peace.  Sustain these thoughts.

4.      Share your positive feelings with others.

icebergs

You’re on a block of ice floating in the sea, it is cold, barren, and shrinking, but it has been your home and you can’t leave. Inhabiting a shrinking environment that offers only the fact that it is what you know and your are comfortable with. When the block of ice shrinks to the point where there is no chance but to leave will require change when the options are few.

To anticipate change rather than waiting until change must happen may create stress and that stress will likely be less than the stress that would be experienced by waiting until the last possible moment.

Anticipating change means being aware of the surroundings and constantly looking for opportunities that align with your purpose. Waiting may lead to grabbing at anything that passes by which may be against the grain of your purpose.

What can be done to stay ahead of change? What can be done to help reduce the potential anxiety of change?

 

The mind thinks
That any change
Is painful.
The heart feels
That any change
Is powerful.

Sri Chinmoy