Worry seeps into all the crevices of our lives. We worry about our jobs, kids, relationships, money, and a million other things daily. No wonder we don’t get things done the way we’d like.
Luckily, life doesn’t have to be like this. To stop worrying and change your life, consider the following questions:
What Are You Really Worried About?
Often, worry masks another issue altogether. Take a good look at what you are worried about. Ask yourself some pointed questions. Doing this may help you find the heart of the matter. Once you clearly understand the real issue, you are more able to address the problem and rid yourself of the worry entirely.
Is This Even Possible?
Worrying about things inflates even minor issues to monster proportions. If your worries seem a bit ridiculous, they probably are. Step back and ask yourself how likely this outcome really is. Your worries can’t stand up under this kind of scrutiny.
Is This Something I Can Control?
We’re very good at worrying about things we can’t change. So what if it snows tomorrow? Nothing you do can keep the flakes from falling. Accept that sometimes you must adapt and go with the flow.
Does this Affect Me Today?
Worrying about the future can upset your life today. If you are worried about future things, take a step back. Ask yourself the following question: “Is there anything I can do right now to stop this from happening in the future?” If there is, you have a plan. Get started!
Am I Spending Too Much Time?
Obsessive worry doesn’t help anyone. If you find yourself repeatedly circling back to the same concern, you may need assistance escaping this cycle. Think about speaking with a trusted friend, counselor, or other trained professional, to help you end this vicious cycle.
Why Do I Care What Others Think?
Are you worried about what others think of you? Why? There are better ways to impress your boss than worrying if that’s what you are concerned about. Most of the time, however, you’ll find that most people’s opinions don’t matter. Don’t let your worries about those opinions get to you.
Once you have your answers to the questions above, you’ll find it easier to bring your thoughts back to the present. We can eliminate worry when conscious of it and keep it from becoming obsessive. Imagine how different your life would be without your worries.