If you are like most people, there is something that you
have been anxious or upset about already today. It could be that
you have worried about the same thing for days, weeks or months.
A certain amount of worry is necessary for your survival. You
have a built-in level of awareness that is meant to keep you out
of harm's way; but having too much anxiety is like keeping
yourself on high alert at all times. While it is good to
anticipate future hazards and prepare for them, it is not good
to hold on to your anxiety or accept worry as a normal part of
everyday living. When you keep yourself in the cycle of
worrying, you end up draining your stores of natural energy.
And too much worry can cause you to feel powerless rather than
powerful. This leads to a feeling of being trapped rather than a
feeling of having freedom to make changes.
You will know that you are worrying too much when you find
yourself missing out on the joy of living. You might
even experience physical symptoms caused by carrying the weight
of the world on your shoulders with ailments such as back
pain, tension and recurring headaches.
"If the problem can be
solved, there is no use worrying
about it. If the problem can't be solved, worrying will do
no good." ~ Buddhist Saying
DRAINING, and ACTION is
Worry can give you the illusion that you are actually doing
something about the situation because you are spending so much
time thinking about it. And yet worrying changes nothing really.
Here is what you can do to make changes for the better:
Decide what parts
of the situation you
have control and influence over. Identify what
you can do now and act upon the steps you CAN
In many cases you will spend less time and energy fixing
a problem than the
time and energy you spend feeling anxious about it. Some kind
of positive step forward gives you the opportunity to have a sense
of momentum again even when a situation is impossible
to turn around immediately. Taking action and taking
responsibility are two ways to reclaim your power. Step by step
action will help you work your way out of a
problematic situation while worrying keeps you stuck in
"A cartload of worry won't pay an ounce of debt."
~old Italian proverb