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Worry: A Useless Condition That Affects Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

It is the one thing that can drive you mad. It is a feeling that seems to move within your body like a quiet, deadly storm. You feel the pulsating of it as you consider the issues you are facing. It nestles within the bosom of your chest and glides like molasses moving from trees.

It’s pressure and not a good feeling, and the one thing you do to give it power is to submit to it.  And FEAR is at its roots.

The mightiest warrior is known to humanity. It stalks you as a wild animal stalks its next victim. It follows you wherever you go and clouds your thinking as to not allow you to make a sound decision to relive the valve and release it. It comes in waves and when you succumb to it; you are FINISHED!

Pressure is another means of attack for fear. It is another weapon for fear. When you break it down and take a very close look at it; it is a NOTHING. Tremendous air with nothing backing it but fear. To alleviate the pressure that you are feeling, please consider the following:

  1. Ask yourself WHY you are feeling the pressure. If you, for example, are losing your home or your job; would it make sense to let it go? Only you can answer the question.
  2. FEEL the pressure. What do you feel? Is there an undertone of “what people may think of you?” If so, ask yourself “if you release the pressure which may mean letting something go “will you die?”

There are many ways to release pressure; however, these two will open a few doors within your mind that will lead to other doors of solving the issue. Take a DEEP BREATH, EXHALE, and REPEAT. Sit down and become VERY STILL. Listen VERY CAREFULLY because within that stillness you will find your answer and the pressure will automatically reside.

Are you one of those people who worry a lot? Do you toss and turn all night, unable to sleep, wondering how you are going to pay the bills, pass that exam, or even just get through the next day, with all those things that are on your to-do list?

How do you feel when you worry about stuff? Do you feel, happy, content, and enlivened?

Or do you feel stressed, anxious, uptight, and fearful?

Are you thinking about now, or are you thinking about what is yet to come?

Worry takes us away from living our lives fully in the present moment and causes us to consume with fantasies about the future being a fearful and terrible place, where doom and gloom await us. Does worry serve any useful purpose?

The fear flight, fight response is kicking in and is on autopilot. If there were a genuine life or death situation, we would be justified in our response. But worry? More often than, not, the thing we worry about does not come to pass. Worry is a useless habit that saps our strength and our well-being.

Here is a small list that may help you:

[message_box title=”The worry cycle” color=”red”]Next time you fall into the worry cycle firmly say, “STOP!” to yourself and helps disrupt the washing machine of repetitive and unwanted thoughts[/message_box]

[message_box title=”Give yourself a break” color=”red”]Do something else to distract you from your worries.[/message_box]

[message_box title=”Instead of getting stuck in worry.” color=”red”]take action to overcome the problem and one small first step towards a solution right now?ADD_CONTENT_HERE[/message_box]

[message_box title=”Identity your thoughts.” color=”red”]Are you worried, for instance, that you will end up a “bag lady” on the street? Can you find any evidence to refute this idea? How realistic is this idea? If you have evidence contrary to the worry and you know, it is unrealistic, then why continue to think that thought?[/message_box]

[message_box title=”Create an affirmative statement to counteract the worry” color=”red”]For instance, replace the above belief (“I’m going to be a bag lady on the street”) with, “I am safe, with a wonderful home, and I have financial security.”[/message_box]

 

[message_box title=”What good is worry? What does it do for you?” color=”red”]Does it move you forward towards your goal or does it keep you stuck? Is it useful? Knowing how useless worry is and seeing how counterproductive it can be regarding accomplishing your goals, might help you to move out of it when you catch yourself going there.[/message_box]

[message_box title=”Practice staying present.” color=”red”]Staying with what is happening in the moment prevents you from worrying. You will find that worry keeps you locked in the future and prevents you from paying attention to the present moment. When you can appreciate each moment by paying attention to it, you will live your life more fully and have a more productive, more fulfilling experience than if you remain stuck on the “what if’s.”[/message_box]

[message_box title=”Watch your breathing and allow it to slow and deepen” color=”red”]Worry increases anxiety and causes shallow breathing. When you breathe more in-depth, you slow down fear, worry, and decrease stress.[/message_box]

[message_box title=”Practice relaxation regularly.” color=”red”]This practice will help alleviate your stress levels, and when you are relaxed, your mind will slow down, and you will not think such worrisome thoughts. You will feel peaceful and calm.[/message_box]

[message_box title=”Visualize reaching your goals successfully.” color=”red”] Picture the outcome you want in detail.[/message_box]

[message_box title=”Practice gratitude” color=”red”]When you are truly grateful, you feel happy and content, and there is no room for worry.[/message_box]

Worry is a useless condition that adversely affects your body, mind, and spirit. Why waste your time on worry?

Be sure to check out my eBook… you may download some free chapters to explore that may help you find some insightful answers A Journey of Faith

Can one master all of these questions? I’m unsure, but I’m aware that being honest with oneself and asking questions in critical moments is a good step in living a life from the inside out.

I’ll return with much more insightful content. Until then, please feel free to contact me with any advice, criticism, feedback at admin@insideoutmagazine.org or via Twitter at @jamh123. I gladly welcome it!
May you always find peace.

Bertie

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