The future is hidden, no one can accurately predict tomorrow’s outcomes. But we believe that it is certainly a good one. So as humans, we sometimes worry about things. Many things. We worry about our jobs, kids, friends or even parents. We worry about gaining or loosing weight, being more or less attractive, getting older, infact some people no longer celebrate their birthdays. They dread the fact that they aren’t getting any younger. We worry just about everything. Things that matter, things that don’t.
Let me tell you something, it is really OK to worry!!! So long as there’s something real to worry about. If your goals/challenges are big enough, they’d definitely get you thinking. But if there isn’t something real or substantial to worry about, and you are, you’re only helping those wrinkles become more prominent.
Are there things you could do about those worries? That should be the first step. To identify if you can do something(s) to eliminate those worries. If there’s a problem, we seek to create solutions rather than carry on worrying. It will only zap you of your joy.
If you are worried about your weight, eat less, exercise more, or maybe see a health professional. If you’re worried about getting old, don’t worry. It will happen anyways. You see what I mean? it’s OK to worry, or maybe not. If you’re going to worry, worry usefully. But to worry needlessly? Oh come on…isn’t that a waste of time?
However, there are constructive steps we can take to reduce/eliminate our worries, when we are actually ‘worrying’.
Here they are:
• Take control of your mind: Since everything starts from the mind, take charge of it. Different thoughts will run through your mind all day, be mindful of the helpful ones. Those ones that will help the situation not worsen it. Eliminate the toxic ones. If you can take charge of your mind, you can conquer anything.
• Take your ‘me’ time to reflect, resolve and brainstorm: Your ‘me’ time is your quiet times. When you meditate, reflect, resolve and think! As you do so, you’ll be illuminated with more ideas & various methods to help the situation.
• Trust yourself and your journey: We do not have control over everything. Some we do, some we don’t. Trust yourself to be able to change the things you can. If you believe you can, you can. Trust your journey and trust the process.
• Find distractions: Sometimes you don’t need to be encapsulated by your worries. Find distractions. Fun activities, soak yourself in the moment. Breathe!
• Count your blessings: It is wrong to complain too much and not pause to appreciate the little things you have. Be grateful and celebrate your every victory. More is to come.
• Get up-to-date information & do something constructive. Maybe take a plunge. Pray. Something.
Worrying may be a sign you aren’t really doing something. If you are, be hopeful and be positive and STOP WORRYING!! If you’re worrying pointlessly, but why? Please stop.
Until next time,