You Can Stop Worrying About Everything and Anything
3 Ways To Kick The Worry Habit
If you are a worrier, you know how difficult it can be to stop when you start. Ruminating over everything and anything and nothing is a vicious cycle to fall into.
Deadlines, responsibilities, partners, to-do lists, children, dinner, laundry, appointments. ANYTHING. Sometimes people worry about worrying itself!
If you can relate, you aren’t alone. Studies show 38 percent of people worry daily. So, why do we worry? One word. Uncertainty.
Worriers believe that, by worrying about things, they will be able to control their future. They think that they are protecting themselves. The line of thinking is, “I’ll be safe if I worry.”
Here’s the kicker…none of us have control over the external world. The only thing that we can control is ourselves.
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Research shows that 85% of the things that worriers worry about have a positive or neutral outcome. But they continue day after day — year after year — to worry about bad things that almost never happen.
Abraham Hicks said it best, “Worrying is using your imagination to create something that you don’t want.”
Is it possible to stop this self-torturous behavior? The answer is YES.
Professor Ad Kerkhof, the author of the new book “Stop Worrying”, believes people can learn to break, what has often become, the habit of a lifetime.
Let’s talk about 3 ways that you can kick the worry habit.
1. Embrace Uncertainty
Life is unpredictable. We can’t even be sure what is going to happen tomorrow, let alone in the future. All that we have is the present moment, which is why we need to embrace it.
In the words of Eckhart Tolle, “Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are caused by too much future and not enough presence.”
Change is coming whether you like it or not, so why not jump on board the change train.
It all starts with letting go of the illusion of control.
Psychotherapist and spiritual advisor Estelle Frankel, in her book “The Wisdom of Not Knowing,” explores the power of the unknown to be friend rather than foe, saying that it is the key to our personal growth.
When we let go of the need to know everything, we are able to create our own path in life. There is freedom in uncertainty.
Learn how to embrace the spontaneity of life and be open to new opportunities. You never know when one experience could change the direction of your life forever.
2. Chill Out
When we worry, our nervous system goes into overdrive. When our mind spirals our body follows suit.
Whatever you are worried about, whether it’s family drama, a stressful job, or a difficult relationship, don’t allow it to have its way with your health.
A study published in the journal BMJ Open shows that this type of worry, ironically, is linked to a 70% higher risk of heart disease. This is no way to live.
In the words of Bryant McGill, “Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.”
When we get caught in a state of worry it’s easy to forget that we are in control of how we feel. There are many ways to chill out when your mind gets the best of you — meditate, go for a walk, breathe, do yoga, or go to the gym.
3. Live In The Present Moment
When we worry, we live in a perpetual state of fear. To make matters worse, a lot of the things that we worry about never actually happen.
Worry is future-focused, so a powerful way to rid yourself of it is to focus your attention on the present moment. Studies show that more than anything else, a wandering mind — especially a mind that’s wandering in a negative direction, such as when you worry or obsess over the past or future — is what makes people unhappy.
If you are constantly thinking about things that might happen as much as you are about things that are happening, you will make yourself miserable. Be more intentional with your thoughts. The next that your mind drifts, be aware of it and stop.
The more present we are, the happier that we will be.
Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere~ Glenn Turner
Kick the worry habit once and for all. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you for it. Are you ready?
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