How To Stop Worrying And Start Living

Saiyan Health

May 29, 2022

“How to stop worrying and start living”  by Dale Carnegie is a famous book that beautifully elucidates our worrisome nature and what we should do about it. But it's lessons are only for a time period because the moment the book is closed all types of worries start cropping up in our head and to some extent it's good to worry because that's when you adhere to discipline and focus in life. But too much of ‘ what ifs’ can bring anxiety and the notorious gang of anxiety disorders are hard to manage. 

Worrying drives negative emotions, our mind can clearly imagine the worst case scenario when we are in panic mode, we anticipate threats due to our worrisome nature and sometimes bring on the doom of our self worth.  

Most of the time our worry doesn't fizz out because it is rooted in our minds (well thanks to our caveman mentality). It is birthed in our mind and settles there with no strong support of facts or truth. 

To support the well known maxim’ “worry is the interest you pay on the debt you don't owe”. Worry has a strong ability to multiply quickly and keeps on multiplying, bulging into a ‘compounding effect’ mode and then  disappearing into nothingness  leaving you more exhausted and robbing you of today's joy.

Our thoughts run amok and are abstract and rampant in nature but constantly worrying or giving special attention to it can ruffle your anxious feathers and before we know it becomes the part and parcel of our lives. 

“Our fear of consequences is worse than the consequences itself”. 

How to break the worry cycle

Chronic worry is the harbinger of anxiety and anxiety is bad for us. Though it keeps our mind busy but not in a constructive way, so we have to acknowledge the thoughts no matter how uncomfortable or bitter they are and remain unfazed by it to break the cycle. If that's difficult, here are a few methods that can help your mind keep calm in the face of a storm.

1. Schedule a meeting with your worrying habit

Yes, it may sound like a joke but studies have proven people who set aside a few time slots to worry about things that won't disrupt their productivity and have less anxiety issues. Set a time limit of 2-30 minutes and spill out your worries or engage in full fervor with your worries in that time. It's not that those thoughts won't come during other times of the day, it will but you won't have to entertain them then. Indulge in your mindfulness activity in those ‘worry hours’ only. 

When you reserve a time slot for your potential pot of worry time you are allowing your mind to not dwell on it for the entire day and night. You can do something else during your productive hours that saves you time, effort ( not to mention energy) and brings the best out of you.

2. Meditation keeps your worrying at bay

There are innumerable reasons how meditation is helpful for our mind and body. Meditating for a minute proves to make mental resilience stronger and can improve your mental health. 

Meditation isn't about pushing your worries under the carpet and then later on sitting with it. While meditating you can't stop your thoughts. They will come and bother you but meditation helps you to observe your thoughts from a distance. It doesn't allow you to get consumed by thoughts but let you contemplate that these thoughts are just an illusion that will go away. Meditation brings at fore the sense of realization, awareness and consciousness. Worrying sprouts from uncertainty and meditation helps us to excel at things that are not in our control. 

3. Distinguish solvable worry and unsolvable 

Worrying is the habit that is strongly ingrained in our minds that we often forget that problems have solutions and those problems that don't have solutions there is little we can do about it. If worrying about something brings out the productive results it's good to do it, but simply worrying about things that are impossible to change ( like someone's nature or weather change) they are harder to control, fussing about it will not bring anything good. 

If your worries can be solved, write down the problem and solution and start working on it. If your worries cannot have a hard rock structure just acknowledge and accept the truth while waiting for it to unfold, most of the time when you know the result you are more prepared for it so unnecessary wasting your time and energy by worrying brings only grudges in life.

4. Practice the art of gratitude

We often worry about things that we don't have and forget what we have or take it for granted. Worrying is the nuisance that leaves us to feel shorthand at everything, instead if we practice gratitude and pay attention to what we have and be thankful for it our positivity can zero down our negative effects and can make us less anxious and less worrisome.

Wrapping it up

Worrying may keep you stuck to your schedule but too much of it can harm you or worse it can be toxic to your mental and physical health. Worry paves a way for other uninvited diseases that come in without knocking and hamper your overall well being. Well, in this fast paced world, nothing much can be done but if you allow at least these points to be taken into consideration you can raise your ‘Hakuna Matata’ flag always high.


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