Okay, I admit it I’m a bit of a worrier. My husband and children would probably say a ‘lot’ of a worrier and in fact in the past have suggested that if there is nothing to worry about I will worry about that!
In my defence, I do try but I wonder if it is just part of our makeup and can we really change? The Oxford Dictionary defines worry as:
The state of being anxious and troubled over actual or potential problems
Worry can be exhausting!
We put so much emotion into worrying that it saps us of energy and in some cases we can become unable to function. I’m sure we all worry or have concerns during our life but the way we handle it is the key.
New research from a US Study has recently shown that there could be certain brain cells that control changes in our anxiety levels and this knowledge could help those who suffer from anxiety disorders in the future. There are over two million people just in Australia who have anxiety disorders!
The Worry Chart
Whilst I was researching about worry and anxiety I came across The Worry Chart which certainly puts things into perspective.
4 Ways to cope with worry and enjoy life – starting today
Write it down
Studies have shown that Journaling or writing down your thoughts has a positive effect and helps relieve the anxiety by seeing the problem written down.
Talk about it
Talking about it – you know the saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. Confiding in a trusted person or professional and discussing your concerns can lift a weight. You have expressed out loud what you are worried about. A different viewpoint can help you see if you are wasting time and energy or encourage you to face the problem head on with a solution.
- Firstly, you need to determine what it is that is causing you to worry.
- Secondly, you need to ask yourself if it is something you have control over?
- If you have no control over the issue you need to ‘let it go’. Take a few moments to mediate and breathe to let go of the anxiety.
- If you can find a solution then take action to solve the problem sooner rather than later.
- Acceptance – realise that being concerned is a natural part of life. Anxiety and constant worry is not.
I often mull over my problems when I am out for a walk or a run. Exercising and moving can help you cope with worries or anxieties and produces the endorphines to help you feel better.
PLEASE NOTE: IF WORRY AND ANXIETY ARE CONSTANT IN YOUR LIFE THEN SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO HELP YOU COPE.
Do you worry about small things that in the scheme of life aren’t really that important? What steps do you take to overcome your fears and concerns? Join the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
My next guest in the Over 50 & Thriving series, is Christie Hawkes who will be discussing ‘Thriving with the 4 L’s – Living, Laughing, Learning, Loving’ and the importance of Joy in our lives. As I mentioned above, worry can rob us of joy so be sure to read Christie’s post.