Life would be sheer bliss if there were no worries to weigh us down.But this is neither possible nor desirable because worries warn us of looming dangers,stimulate action and aid problem solving.But if carried to the extreme,this habit can result in insomnia,fears,debility,inaction,panic and nervous breakdowns.Those who have a proclivity for excessive thinking,imagination,perfection or lack confidence in their abilities can end up as habitual worriers.Most of them know that this habit is injurious and unrealistic but there are also some who believe it protects them from dangers.If you wish to be rid of it you should first convince yourself that it is unproductive and you shall be better off without it.
Whenever you catch yourself worrying about something,consider the following posers:--
*If you are worrying about something which happened in the past--can you redo the it by worrying yourself to bits?
"My life has been full of terrible misfortunes,most of which never happened"Michel de Montaigne.
*Does it's severity match the quantum of your worry?You are not catastrophizing,are you?
*A small event breeds a slew of dire consequences--are you not making irrational,unrealistic predictions?
*If it is in your interest to fight the problem, do you think worrying about it will do the trick?
*Does worrying about an imminent difficulty armor you or deplete your fighting spirit?
*There are problems which can be solved with positive thinking and determination;but there are also some--like natural disasters or accidents--which cannot be predicted.These have to be tackled when we come face-to-face with them.No amount of worry can protect us from them.
*Coming to problems which can be solved--why not spin your anxieties into an action plan to be rid of the nuisance?
"You can't wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time"Pat Schroeder.
*Do you have the requisite caliber and resources to tackle your problem?
*If not,then find out the most suitable agency which can help you out, instead of just worrying about it.
*If yes, then lay down the various steps you should take to solve your problem.Take them up one by one.
*If the worse comes to worst,a rush of adrenalin empowers us to fight the danger.Don't minimize your ability and maximize the difficulty.
I am sure many worriers must often have posed these questions to themselves many a times but failed to shake off this habit.It is possible that what really gnaws at their insides is a deep seated emotional turmoil which their subconscious mind does not allow to come up and all this worrying is only a camouflage for it.Only the person concerned can explore his psyche or take help, to reach the crux of the problem.Until this is done real peace will be evasive.
Your personality also plays a major role in precipitating worries.Don't always be on your toes to please everyone,to be perfect,or to be ready for any eventuality.Relax,take it easy.Shun kill-joys and find time for some entertainment.
Train your mind to warn you whenever you slip into the worry mode,pinch yourself hard and change tracks.You can also ask your dear ones to check you when they see you going into a trance.Do some relaxation exercises like meditation or yoga.
A person who worries too much tends to also worry about matters which are not his direct concern.These could extend from social,cultural and political issues to existential questions.Life is not a roller-coaster ride for anyone today and we shall be happier if we did not add additional burden to our minds.It is necessary to filter out anxieties which do not relate directly to us.
Make a note of the time slots in which you have intense worrying sessions.Find out an absorbing activity to fill those time slots.When the body is inactive the worry worm becomes active.
If you are a believer then there should be absolutely no cause for worry because He will take care of you;and if you are not, then have faith in your own abilities.
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