What was the last thing you worried about?
How long did it take you to stop worrying? (and how many people told you, “Don’t worry, it will be alright”?)
Are you still worrying about it right now?
Worrying is a common emotion we all feel, especially in situations that may be out of our control. Worry often leads us down the rabbit hole, which may have detrimental effects on our well-being.
Despite this, worrying has become a way for some of us to feel as if we are “doing something” productive towards the situation, but in reality, it is adding to the stress and anxiety to our everyday lives.
Worrying tends to create a loop of anxiety where our minds fixate on potential problems, uncertainties, or creates a sense of helplessness. If worry becomes constant, it can lead to stress, sleep disturbances, and even impact our physical health. The more we worry, the more our bodies respond with heightened stress levels, creating a cycle that may be challenging to escape.
Worry and its Impact on Decision-Making
Excessive worry can cloud our judgment and hinder our ability to make sound decisions. When overwhelmed by anxious thoughts, we may struggle to see situations as they are and may make choices based on fear rather than reason. This can affect both our personal and professional lives, leading to missed opportunities and strained relationships.
Worry and Draining Mental Energy
Worrying consumes a significant amount of mental energy. Constantly dwelling on potential problems or future uncertainties can leave us mentally fatigued, making it difficult to focus on the present moment. This mental exhaustion not only affects our productivity, but also diminishes our capacity to enjoy life.
Worry and Strained Relationships
Excessive worrying can strain relationships as the anxious energy we carry may inadvertently affect those around us. It's common for worry to manifest in irritability or withdrawal, creating tension and distance in our connections with others. Over time, this strain can lead to a breakdown in communication, increased misunderstandings, and a rift in our relationships.
What can we do Instead of Worrying?
Acknowledge the worry. It’s absolutely normal and natural to worry. The more we try to ignore it, the more persistent it becomes. So next time you catch yourself worrying, I encourage you to take some time and ask yourself:
What am I worried about?
What are my thoughts behind the worry?
Is this situation in my control - can I do something to help the worry? Or is it out of my control - what can I do to let go of the worry?
Am I focusing on solutions or worst case scenarios?
What can I do instead?
When we become intentional about bringing awareness to what worries us, we can begin to uncover what’s really underneath. With these awarenesses comes clarity that can help us break free from the doom and gloom that worry brings.
What would life be like if we worried less?
As always, however you are feeling today, I want you to know that you are never alone. I encourage you to reach out—if not to me, then to someone!
I believe in you,
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