Reprogram Your Inner Thoughts to Worry Less

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“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.

Happy Thursday,

Brooke

 

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