Replace Your Worries, Anxieties and Fears


Replace Your Worries, Anxieties and Fears

Are you a worrywart?

Do you find your mind frequently swamped with all kinds of worries and anxieties, from financial ones, to relational ones, to career ones? Worries about the kids and how they will turn out, worries about your own health, worries about the lack of financial reserves, worries about your business, even worries about the end of the world?

If you’re not worrying about a particular thing, there is something else to worry about. When a bigger worry comes along, it takes the place of the current worry in your head, and when one worry turns out unfounded, then you simply replace it with another worry.

Worries, worries, worries.. that’s the way to live and to keep your mind meaningfully occupied, right? As Charlie Brown once said:

“That’s the secret to lifeā€¦ replace one worry with another…”

But, think back to all the worries you ever had, and then try to recall if they brought any benefits with them. How many of them even materialized in the first place? The likelihood is that very few of them did, because the simple fact of the matter is that very few of people’s many worries actually happen.

Thus, not only is worrying a waste of time, effort and energy, it’s in fact counter-productive, because it stirs up fear and panic in you, thereby not only inhibiting your ability to find solutions for a particular problem or issue, but also hampering your ability to live life in an enjoyable and fulfilling manner.

Worries are purveyors of negativity, feeding upon themselves and kicking a vicious cycle of fear, anxiety and pessimism which could spiral out of control if we’re not careful.

And worrying not only harms your mental health and emotional wellbeing, it damages your physical health, too.

It’s time to nip all that worrying in the bud. Instead of replacing one worry with another, try filling your mind with more constructive thoughts instead. Think of happy moments, and when it comes to problems, be solution-oriented and brainstorm on various positive possibilities instead of focusing on potential negative consequences, most of which are unlikely to come to fruition anyway.

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