What are you worried about?

Unfortunately, worry has been a constant companion in my life. As I get older, and hopefully wiser, I’m learning that most things that I worried about didn’t happen or weren’t as bad as I thought. Has this happened to you?

We formulate our thought patterns early in our lives. Have you stopped to examine if some of these thought patterns are true? For some unknown reason I had come to believe that the more I worried, the better I could cope with worry, fear, and anxiety. Definitely not true!

I’ve come to realize that my thoughts and beliefs were not serving me.  They were restricting me from peace and happiness. My negative thought patterns were hindering my confidence and self-esteem to handle my problems.

Our beliefs control the kinds of experiences we allow ourselves to have. Fear, worry, and anxiety are learned.  They are connected to a feeling that something terrible may happen even though it hasn’t happened yet.

The reality is that fear, worry, and anxiety are connected to the need to be in control. Can any of you relate to wanting to be in control? These negative emotions aren’t productive and don’t guarantee a positive outcome.

Why not change your outlook and imagine the best possible outcome? I realize that this might be a stretch for some of you, but this takes practice. Train yourself to think positive thoughts rather than negative ones.

My ability to better cope with these destructive feelings was helped tremendously when I changed to a having a positive mental attitude. Other antidotes for worry, fear and anxiety is to get more sleep, exercise, talk to someone you trust, listen to music, and change your environment.

It’s important to note that we do have more control over the things that cause us angst than we realize. We can set personal boundaries with others and make changes in the environments that cause us stress.

Is worry, fear, and anxiety an issue for you? If so, how do you handle it? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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