“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”-Corrie ten Boom
I noticed that since becoming an adult I started heavily worrying. I worried about providing for my family, I worried about my children surviving babyhood and I worried over whether I was showing enough empathy towards others or not, to name a few. And with the worrying came other bad habits; like being indecisive, compulsive, harsh, selfish, etc. I knew I was heading into a downward spiral by worrying, so I decided to tap into the power that would help me to reprogram my inner thoughts to worry less and enjoy more.
Here’s what I found works:
1) Being mindful; I stop and take a deep breathes when I find that I am worrying. Breathing in and breathing out that fear which is causing me to worry. I focus on breathing out that fear until my body and inner thoughts start to relax.
2) Visualizing a positive outcome; Not by thinking about the ‘how’, but thinking about the ‘what’and all the gratitude and appreciation that comes with it.
3) Taking action; Actions are what form my life. I ask myself, “What will help bring a joyous and positive outcome?” And then I do it to change my life.
3) Encouraging myself that the worst outcomes happens by chance.
I am paving a new life by working through these steps every time I start to find my mind slipping down that worry slope. My anxiety is lifting. I am starting to calmly enjoy more of what life has to offer, right now.
Please read this article on why it’s important to stop worrying about making the right decision: http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/11/stop-worrying-about-making-the-right-decision/
Thank you for reading.