Worry. We ALL do it, usually without even realizing we are. It is a natural instinct for us to do whenever we are stressed or feel overwhelmed. I sure as heck am very guilty of worrying, especially since I have, and do, struggle with anxiety sometimes. I have to admit though, I have gotten so much better at learning NOT to worry so much. There are some things in life that we can change, and there are some things in life that we cannot change. There are also some things in life that we are not expecting at all, causing extra stress and overwhelming feelings. That’s life, and it happens to all of us.
The one thing that has truly helped me stop worrying so much is asking myself “will worrying HELP me and/or this situation?” Almost 100% of the time, the answer is no. So why do we waste our time? In reality, it just causes more stress, more anxiety, more overwhelming feelings that often just make the situation worse. Not only that, but sometimes I find myself worrying about something that may never happen, and a lot of times, never does happen. I then realized I wasted all of that time and energy worrying over nothing and that time and energy could have been put towards something else.
This can honestly relate to anything you may be going through in life, whether it is things that happened in the past, struggles you may be going through, your job, your finances, your goals, your fitness, your nutrition, and so much more. There is also a fine line between worrying and thinking about things to make educated decisions. In my opinion, worrying is more obsessive and has a negative energy and connotation towards it. You typically worry about things in fear of things going wrong or not going the way you expect them to or even a case of my favorite, the “what if” scenarios of the past. The thing with worrying is we let this negative energy consume us, and we don’t actually solve any problems.
I truly believe in the power of positive thinking. Our minds can affect SO much in our lives. Positive vibes go a long way, and so do positive thoughts. Typically, if you are worrying about something going wrong, it may very well do just that. Instead, try to imagine things on the positive side. If there is a goal you’re trying to achieve, picture you achieving that goal. If there is a struggle you are currently going through, picture yourself getting through it and learning from it. If there is something in the future you are worried about, picture it going the way you want it to go. You’d be surprised at how much that helps. Don’t let worry take away your joy and happiness.