I’m a “worry wart”… and I hate it. I hate saying that I am, but it’s the truth. Worry is best described as “anxiety”, “nervousness”, or “unease”. This is an area I struggle with – constantly. And… I believe I am not alone in this struggle.
We worry about all kinds of things: a bad health report, our first born child away at college for the first time, having no retirement, about the future, our ill parents, and a million other things. Worry, worry, worry. It is a “useless” feeling, and worry certainly doesn’t add one cent of value to our lives.
But, let’s be honest for a moment; some of us have more difficulty with worrying than others. I mean, I can’t switch it on and off like a light switch, but you can bet I sure wish it was that easy. It’s just not always that simple. Remember, like so many things – we are probably doing the best we can with what we have.
I worry about things that haven’t happened yet … and more than likely, I am worrying about things that won’t ever happen. Sometimes, it causes me to get fidgety. At other times, it causes insomnia, and I can’t rest.
Worry can wreak havoc on our bodies and our minds – upset stomachs, sleeplessness, gain weight, back aches, headaches, fatigue and even adult acne!
Worry and anxiety can surely be a moment-by-moment and day-by-day journey. Although I do still struggle with bouts of worry and anxiety, I have found a few things that have helped me reduce worry’s grip on me:
- Bible Scriptures: Post some helpful scriptures (such as below) around your computer, work area and home.
- Breathing Exercises: When you are feeling particularly anxious about something, take a deep breath in while counting “1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5” then release. Repeat a few times.
- Get Enough Sleep and Rest. Ever notice how everything seems worse when you are exhausted?
- Proper Diet and Exercise: Studies show that diet and exercise are an important part of helping manage anxiety and the effects of “worrying”.
- Lose the “Negative Nellies” – Yikes! The last thing a worrier needs is negativity.
- Surround Yourself with Positive People. When I surround myself with people who lift my spirits, it helps get my mind off the worries of the day.
- Think Positive! Getting our minds aligned with positive and hopeful thoughts is the best way to go.
The opposite of worry? Peace. Peace is what we all hope for, and it’s what we all really want and need!
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:33 NKJV)
“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 – NIV)
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”- Corrie Ten Boom
Until next time…I’ll be worrying a little less – and I hope you will too.