Do you worry about little things? My darling Mum was a worrier and I inherited that ‘gene’ too, although I’m getting better at handling worry and anxiety as I age.
My Word of the Year is using my TIME wisely and I recognise that worry robs us of our valuable time and joy. Unnecessary worry isn’t good for either our mental health or our physical wellbeing. Worry can manifest itself with stress and anxiety and affect our ability to relax or in extreme case function effectively on a daily basis. It affects our sleep as we lie awake with thoughts racing through our mind. It affects our eating – some of us turn to comfort food or the opposite where we find we can’t eat because of all the butterflies in our stomach.
Stress has been proven to result in physical illness, some chronic. It raises our blood pressure and whilst a little stress is good for us too much can lead to more serious issues.
Strategies to stop ‘worry’ stealing your time
As I mentioned above. I’m prone to worry however, I’ve been working on strategies that have worked for me and hopefully may work for you. I find that if I am worrying about something, I try to rationalise it. I try to take action rather than let it become bigger than what it really is.
- Is it a worry or a concern? Worry can paralize us as it comes from a base of negativity and fear. Concern puts the focus on possible outcomes.
- Is it something I can change? – If not, then I have to find ways to let it go
- Am I worrying about something little to avoid focusing on a bigger issue?
- If I’m struggling to overcome the worry, I talk to someone. They usually can provide a different perspective or help.
- I go for a run or do some form of movement to release the worry from my mind.
- Writing down your thoughts, working through what you are worried about can also help
- If worry is taking over and you feel you can’t cope, seeking professional help is important
- Taking time to meditate or listen to calming music
- Taking time to breathe slowly inhaling for 4 and exhaling for 4 counts can help our body relax
- Will my worry today be worth the time I’m using? Will I look back in the future and wonder why I worried?