I think I worry too much. Everyone says so, but I can’t seem to help it. I worry about my family, the government, everything! How do I stop worrying so much?
Worry is actually helpful, if it’s followed by action. Worry is a natural part of the human condition, that allows us to compartmentalize the different stressors going on. We worry to solve a problem, or to determine if the problem can be solved. Where would we be without this awful, dreadful, helpful feeling?
To stop worrying, you merely have to take an action along the road to solving it. While you’re worrying, try not to let it turn cyclical – try to keep getting your mind to go to the next step.
It’s easier said than done to take an action. Especially because not all worries are reasonable, and we can’t do anything about some worries. When we worry about the state of our government, we really can’t do much other than worry.
Or can we? This is the time when out-of-the-box thinking helps. If you’re up late worrying about government (and I actually know quite a few people who do), think of things that you can do to help. Volunteer for a day at a local foodbank, or write a letter to your congressman telling your opinions (they usually write back). It may not amount to much, but it’s an action. And an action, any at all, will help to ease the panic inside.
There are some things not worth worrying about. All of us know this. There’s no sense worrying about other adults, because they will do what they do, regardless of your feelings. Still, if you’re worried, take an action. Tell them why you are worried… and then let it go. You’ve done all that you can.
And, know that you’re not alone. We all worry, and that’s normal.
Turn your worry into action, and watch it disappear.