Sunday, August 12, 2012

Why Worry? Just Stop It!

Worried (Photo credit: Gerry Balding)

What is the meaning of Worry?  Well, according to, the definition of worry is "to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts."  Now think about that for a minute.  Do youreally want to torment yourself?  That doesn't sound like much fun to me.  So why worry?  What does worrying really accomplish?  The answer is easy: Absolutely nothing!

Worrying is a waste of time, it accomplishes nothing and it affects you both mentally and physically.
"Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects the health.  You have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt."

The issue with worry is that it is usually centered around the future, usually begins with "what if", and in most cases is usually about things out of our control.  Worry is definitely fear based.  Our worried thoughts are centered around our fear of something happening.  "What if I lose my job", "What if I never find anyone", 'What if I have a serious illness", etc. etc.

Worrying about the future means you are definitely not living in the present.  Again, it accomplishes nothing.  Worrying is a hot mess of ineffective thoughts.  Why waste your time and energy worrying and fearing things that haven't even happened to you.  Why not focus on the present and stay positive about the future.

The best anyone can do is to make good decisions on a daily basis and address things head on when they do happen. For example, if you are worrying about losing a loved one, invest in life insurance. If you're worrying about the very house you live in, look into this. Key message - stop stressing about things that haven't happened in your life and enjoy the present moment.  Release your fears, release you worries in whatever way suits you.  Some like to release their worry through prayer, some through meditation.  Pick what works best for you.