A recent situation in my life has come about that has me in a position to be in a constant state of worry. I do not want my days to be filled with anxiety over an issue I essentially have absolutely no control over. Instead of letting worry control me, I am going to control my worry.
I read an article from the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/14-11Habits ), that lists and discusses the 11 habits of people who never worry. Nothing on this list is mind blowing, every person should be able to implement these habits with practice. The habits of these non-worriers are as follows:
1.Focus on the present
3.Be more willing to take Chances
4.Have a sense of perspective
5.Get to the root of their worry
6.They don't stop worrying-they designate time for it
7.They have confidence they can handle whatever comes at them
8.They have the ability to see positive outcomes in seemingly bleak situations
9.They ask themselves the right questions
10.They know how to perceive their negative emotions
11.Their brains actually function different in a worry-inducing event.
I especially like the point that is made about not having to stop worrying completely, but instead designate a time to do it in. It is unrealistic to think that we will never have moments in our lives that can cause worry but there are ways to deal with it. In my research I also thought these 9 steps from WebMD.com were helpful:
1.make a list of your worries
2.analyze the list
4.bore yourself calm
5.make yourself uncomfortable
6.stop the clock
7.remember that it's never as bad as you think it will be
8.cry out loud
9.talk about it
Something not mentioned on this list but that I feel could be included is to stay positive and focus on anything good in your life. Try and find something good from each and everyday to focus upon. This is the goal I have set for myself when I feel worry trying to take control of my life. I challenge those of you reading this to do the same thing when you feel worry creeping in!
Thought of the day: Why are they called stairs inside but steps outside?
Quote of the day: Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. Corrie Ten Boom (author and Dutch Christian who helped Jews escape the Holocaust)