Everybody worries sometimes. Right now, you’ve probably even got a few worries on your mind. You might be thinking about a relationship or a situation at work, causing you trouble. Maybe you’re worried about your health or whether or not you’re going to have enough money to pay the bills at the end of the month. Whatever the case, worry happens whether we intend it or not. This becomes a problem, though, when worry starts to take over your life.
So, what is the goal? Is stopping worrying enough to put you on an even keel, or are you hoping for something more? What if, instead of worrying, you could become excited, then use this excitement to act?
Here are seven ways to achieve this:
Focus on the Present
Worry has a way of trapping you anywhere but here. Either you’re worried about something which happened long ago, or you’re caught up in fretting about something still to come. Neither is going to get you anywhere. To stop worrying, you need to focus on the present. What interests you right now?
Realise This Gets You Nowhere Fast
Worrying stops you in your tracks. In fact, most procrastination is caused by worrying. Why are you wasting your time and energy on worrying? Sometimes just recognising what a waste worry is, will be enough to overturn it altogether. Especially when you have better places to be.
Throw Yourself into Something Interesting
Worry needs your attention to survive. Get busy doing something engaging with your mind, and you’ll find you forget all about worrying.
Rewrite the Script
If you’re seeing everything blow up around you, maybe you should try focusing on the perceived adversity. Ask yourself how you could do things to handle the situation were it to happen. Once you have it, practice the scenario in your mind. Picture yourself handling matters. Visualisation is powerful.
Worried about something you need to do later? Having a run-through in your head will make things go smoother and keep worry at bay entirely.
Challenge your worry. Dig in and get to the roots until you understand your worry intimately. Ask yourself where the negativity came from. Peel back the layers until you get down into the heart of the matter.
Try a New Path
In the end, worry can become very attached to the familiar. Dare yourself. Find a different way to do things. Explore where this path takes you.
The main point in all of these is to enjoy the journey. This is where you find the excitement and enthusiasm, which leads to getting things done. The rest is all momentum and a whole lot of brand-new accomplishments just waiting to happen.
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo F. Buscaglia