Why You Shouldn't Worry

Worry is bad for you and for the situationDid you know that worry serves almost no purpose in your life? In fact, it does more harm than good.

I’m writing this post today as a reminder to myself to stop worrying. I can fall into chronic worrying if I allow myself to do so. At these times, I find my mind focused on the worst that could happen. Maybe you have experienced this at one time or another, too.

When that happens, I know I’m not helping the situation at all. I’m probably making it worse. The energetics of focusing on what you don’t want attracts exactly that to you. You see, as you worry, you focus your thoughts on what you hope won’t happen. Thoughts have energy–an energy to create. So, as you think about the worst-case scenario, you actually help manifest it.

Not only that, you drain yourself of energy. Worry, like other negative thoughts, has a negative affect on the body and mind. As you worry, you find yourself feeling tired, lethargic, depressed, and generally unable to function well. This does not help you create what you really desire.

To stop myself from worrying I tend to problem solve. This puts my attention on solutions rather than on problems, which increases my energy and focuses my thoughts on something positive–possibilities. I also use visualization, prayer, meditation, and other spiritual practices, like calling on guides and angels. Affirmations work well, too, because they engage the subconscious mind. All of these activities focus on creating what I want rather than what I don’t want. They also tend to make me feel better and to raise my energy level.

Sometimes you also have to just let go of the worry. Do something that feels good. Exercise. Pet the cat. Make love. Dance. Just forget about the problem at hand for a little while. Sometimes it will resolve itself as you raise your vibration.

And if none of this works, and what you worried about comes to pass, you simple deal with it then. Worry may make what you worry about come to pass more quickly–and you’ll have wasted a lot of time and energy on worry before what you feared would happen actual does happen. Better to do something positive and simply respond positively to the situation when and if necessary.

With that said, I’m going to take my own advice. I’m off to take a bike ride. I like to pray and do affirmations as I ride. It’s a form of moving prayer and meditation.

If you have other ways to counteract worry, leave me a comment below.

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4 thoughts on “Why You Shouldn't Worry”

  1. A strategy that works for me is reading a magazine that focuses on the home or nature. I have recently started watching travel videos with beautiful landscapes. Even more important, I am working on the skill of putting things in perspective, understanding that this too shall pass and is not the worst that could happen.

    1. Great tips! This is a bit like petting the dog or cat or focusing on something that feels good. And putting this in perspective is great–yes, it’s never the worst that could happen–and somtimes there is a silver lining in the cloud.

  2. Great post! I am a chronic worrier too. Mostly I worry about other people and the state of the world. I need to bake some chocolate chip cookies and relax. Does petting a dog work, too? 🙂

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