Worry can invade your life like a freight train barreling down a railroad track. You have no idea where the train is going. You do not really want to jump on board the speeding train. However, something draws you to the open door of the boxcar. There just might be a happy ending at the train’s destination. Yes! There lies the answer! No worries on the train to nowhere.
If you choose to NOT jump on board, the sky might darken.
If you choose to NOT jump on board, your life might fall apart.
If you choose to NOT jump on board, you might become downtrodden with illness.
If you choose to NOT jump on board, you might lose all of your closest friends.
Thank goodness…you will be rid of the albatross riding on your back if you jump on board. That albatross of worry that has begun to take over your life is heavy. Worry takes away your energy. Worry takes away any hint of your determination. Worry takes away the very basis of confidence.
I know what worry can feel like. I am a classic example of a worrier. Sometimes…I am able to keep worry out of reach. Sometimes…worry takes over and causes me to be enveloped by anxious thoughts. My imagination can easily turn into mighty negative thoughts. That is when I slam on the brakes in my mind…anyway…I try to stop the worry. At least, I am aware of the problem and do work at being positive.
Staying positive has been a struggle since I had the stroke on August 8. No kidding. It is difficult to look on the bright side when your health makes a totally unexpected turn.
HOWEVER…WE MUST LOOK FOR THE BRIGHT SIDE…AND MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Psychology Today recently published the following article on worry…
“6 Ways to Stop Worrying About Things You Can’t Change”
According to Psychology Today, these are the six things that can keep people from wasting their valuable time and energy on worry…
1. Determine what things you can control. Prepare for problems and you can better control your reactions.
2. Focus on your influence. You can influence people and circumstances. You cannot force things to go just the way you want them to go. You need to change your behavior in order to have the most influence. As the article states…you need to be a good role model. You must set healthy boundaries.
3. Identify your fears. What are you afraid will happen? Are you thinking of a catastrophic situation? Do you doubt your ability to cope? The article states that even in the worst-case scenario…you are most likely stronger than you think. Acknowledge this ability.
4. Differentiate between ruminating and problem-solving. Change the channel that you are listening to in you brain. You must understand that your thoughts are not helping your situation! Focus on getting up and starting to do something else. Be more productive.
5. Create a plan to manage your stress. Exercise. Eat healthy. Get enough sleep. Make the time to manage your stress. Find ways to relieve stress such as a hobby or spending time with friends. Eliminate any unhealthy coping skills. Unhealthy…complaining to others and drinking too much.
6. Develop healthy affirmations. The article states two important phrases as reminders to take action or calm down…“I CAN HANDLE IT” and “MAKE IT HAPPEN”. These two thoughts can keep you from wasting time on things that you can’t control!
IN MY OWN HEALTH SITUATION…I NEED TO CALM DOWN! I CAN HANDLE IT…I KNOW THAT I HAVE BEEN STRONG IN FAR MORE DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES!
HEY ME…MAKE IT HAPPEN!!