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How worry can sap your enthusiasm for life and four ways to change that.

February 12, 2018
4 Ways to covercome worry and enjoy life

 

 

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!

4 Ways to cope with worry and enjoy life - starting today

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

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.

Take action

  • 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.

Regular Exercise

4 Ways to covercome worry and enjoy life

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.

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89 Comments

  • Reply Toni Pike February 12, 2018 at 05:55

    An excellent and really positive article, Sue, with some great strategies. Excessive worrying and anxiety is a problem for so many of us.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 12, 2018 at 09:58

      It is for me, Toni as you probably know. We can only try though, can’t we. Have a great week and thanks for the comment xx

  • Reply Trisha Faye February 12, 2018 at 06:00

    Very interesting post. Great food for thought. I love how you called out the percentages about how much of our worries are valid. Great job! Now the test – to see if I can apply your tips and advice to curtailing some of my worrying habits!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 12, 2018 at 09:58

      I know Trisha trying to take my own advice and findings is not easy! LOL:) We can but try! Have a great week and thanks for visiting. x

  • Reply Vanessa February 12, 2018 at 10:26

    The large percent that won’t happen is always worth reminding ourselves about, I think! Train our brains to send in perspective.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 12, 2018 at 20:33

      I know Vanessa because it really is only the little things the we make bigger problems. I loved the Worry Chart which put things into perspective for me. Have a great week! x

  • Reply Natalie February 12, 2018 at 10:51

    Hi Sue, I like the anonymous quote and the worry chart you shared in your post. Let’s focus our precious time and energy on thriving. Have a fabulous week!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 12, 2018 at 20:34

      Exactly Natalie, worry is such a time waster and I am guilty of wasting energy with worry that is why I work out. Exercising really helps me clear my mind.

      • Reply Natalie August 8, 2018 at 09:05

        Hi Sue – A very good reminder. Thank you for hosting #MLSTL .

        • Reply Sue Loncaric August 8, 2018 at 09:50

          It is always a pleasure to have you link up with us Natalie!

        • Reply Sue Loncaric August 9, 2018 at 10:11

          Thanks Natalie, so lovely to have you join us. xx

  • Reply Di from Max The Unicorn February 12, 2018 at 10:59

    I am a but of a worrier! I do love writing things down and I find once I just get stuff done, I have less to worry about haha. Great tips!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 12, 2018 at 20:35

      I’m like that Di, if I write it down and get stuck into it or face the worry head on I do feel much better afterwards. Have a great week! x

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl February 12, 2018 at 11:36

    Sue, the breakdown of worries chart was really interesting and reassuring!

    Thanks for sharing it.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 12, 2018 at 20:35

      Yes I found it very useful and surprising actually. Have a great week SSG! xx

  • Reply Robyn Cruickshank February 12, 2018 at 11:54

    Great article Sue, I do believe it’s part of our DNA if we are a worrier, but I also think it’s possble to use tools such as the worry chart to help alleviate it somewhat.. I’m lucky. I’m not a worrier.. but hubby is. Yin & yang

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 12, 2018 at 20:33

      My Mum was a worrier, Robyn so perhaps we do have it in our DNA but I thought the worry chart was a great perspective. I’m the worrier and my husband isn’t so again yin and yang! Have a great week!

  • Reply Debbie Harris February 12, 2018 at 14:17

    Hi Sue, For some reason I am surprised to read you are a worrier. I like the worry chart, it is really interesting to see just how much we worry about unnecessarily! Good positive points and actions we can all take away. I like to think while I’m out walking or running too and everything seems clearer to me afterwards. Also writing things down and breaking it into pieces helps e from feeling overwhelmed at times. Looking forward to Christie’s post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 12, 2018 at 20:30

      Yes I am and sometime I am better at giving advice than taking my own! I thought the worry chart was great and really put things into perspective for me. Yes, Christie’s post is another quality one.

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit February 13, 2018 at 02:25

    Love the worry chart. Sums it up well.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2018 at 05:15

      Hi Leanne, yes it put it all into perspective for me. I usual worry over stupid little things rather than major concerns.

  • Reply Pat February 13, 2018 at 02:33

    Sue, I like the worry chart a lot! I too am a worrier.
    If I can pinpoint when I am worrying about something that already happened and just highlight that in my head… been there, done that, can’t change it… 30% worry should be gone. Yeah, I second guess things too much and just need to accept and move on.

    Then, the multiple scenarios in my head about things – that 40% of don’t happen…. I will start using your write-it-down advice more. I know it works but I just don’t do it enough. Thanks for reminder.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2018 at 05:16

      I love it too Pat and so glad I found it when I was researching. I find it hard to move on and especially if I’ve made a mistake I don’t forgive myself as easily as I forgive others. Writing down certainly helps or I go for a run to clear my mind! Have a great week!

  • Reply Haralee February 13, 2018 at 09:12

    I think worry can be a trait learned at the knee of a parent.I know my Mother always worried about the snow and ice and driving in it. Justified of course but….
    Although I don’t live in an area that suffers that kind of weather frequently but when it does happen or when I drive up the mountain to going skiing and the roads are iffy, I find myself a worried mess!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2018 at 05:17

      Yes that is true Haralee. My darling Mum was a worrier so I probably get some of that from her. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day x

  • Reply Jennifer February 13, 2018 at 11:54

    My mother eats peanut butter when she worries…..and she worries a lot. (She’s 98 years old, so I also call peanut butter her spinach.) Once, as a teenager, I found her sitting in the dining room eating peanut butter crackers. I asked her why since all of her children were home. Her classic worrier response? “I’m worried about what you’re going to do.”

  • Reply Christie Hawkes February 13, 2018 at 12:27

    The worry chart is great for putting things in perspective. The other thing I remind myself is that worrying that something bad (which is outside of my control) is going to happen won’t stop it from happening. It only extends my misery. I am naturally inclined to worry, but I have used many of the suggestions in your blog to gain control of it, and I have actually seen a decrease in my overall anxiety level. It works! Here’s one more thought on the subject of taking action to alleviate worry: “You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.” ~Pat Schroeder

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2018 at 05:19

      Love the quote Christie and thank you for sharing it with me. I loved the idea of the worry chart and it certainly put things into perspective for me too. I do have to work at controlling worry and I am improving although late in the day at 60! Usually if all else fails I go for a run. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Denyse February 13, 2018 at 14:46

    Great take on the prompt which has been very popular with the readers already I see. My mum was a ‘worrier’ and I would say I have inherited some of that behaviour but I am also someone who would prefer to problem-solve my way out of things I could change rather than stay stuck.

    Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 7/52. Next week’s optional prompt: February Is…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2018 at 05:20

      Hi Denyse, the worry chart was very popular because I think it put things into perspective. Thanks for the prompt as it really made me think! Have a great week x

  • Reply shirley corder February 13, 2018 at 21:50

    Great post, Sue. I love your worry chart. Now if I can only figure out how to take it into my dream world with me. That’s where I do my “best” worrying. Major issues, like World Peace (or more like it “South African Peace”). Thanks for sharing. Thankful Thursday Week 6

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2018 at 05:21

      The worry chart has been very popular Shirley because it does put things into perspective. If only we could all put our energies into World Peace it would be a beautiful world. xx

  • Reply Michele February 14, 2018 at 08:53

    Those statistics are really quite interesting. I have learned that much of worrying is for naught. I used to worry more when my kids were young and I was a harried mother just trying to get to work and keep everyone alive. I find that I worry much less now. My daughter is getting married in Mexico in Dec. and I have not worried about it one bit. Maybe I should be a little worried- no dresses… no invitations…and then I realize that what will be will be. I refuse to stress over it all!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2018 at 09:06

      I think your comment ‘what will be will be’ is such a great attitude Michele and there are many times I have to let go of the worry and let things fall where they may. I thought the Worry Chart was very interesting and have had many comments about it.

  • Reply Susanne February 14, 2018 at 10:26

    Great post! I think worrying to some degree is completely natural. But does it seem as we get older, we worry more? Or do we just have more things and people to worry about? I really like that worry chart you found. It is really an eye opener. I came to a conclusion a long time ago that I could only do what I can do and it is what it is.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2018 at 15:47

      I have had such a positive response to the Worry Chart Suzi and I’m glad I found it when I was researching. I wish I could just have the attitude of ‘what will be, will be’. I’m getting better but maybe it is in the genes and so when I worry I usually go for a run!

  • Reply Jo Castro February 14, 2018 at 13:50

    Like you Sue, I’m a worrier. I’ll worry about everything. Even about what to pack for a fun weekend away. Constant. Mindboggle. Stoopid. Why? All really for no good reason! I do adhere to your good points in this post though – I write about worry, and I talk about things that worry me to my long suffering hubby and I take regular exercise which really helps my state of mind!

    • Reply Jo Castro February 14, 2018 at 13:54

      Oh, Pinned to Inspiration 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2018 at 15:46

      I’m glad I’m not the only one Jo! I’m trying but sometimes it is hard for me to overcome so then I go for a run – or my husband usually says ‘why don’t you go for a run?’ he knows I will come back with a clearer mind 🙂

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au February 14, 2018 at 16:16

    Hi Sue – worry was always a big thing for me – I’m finding it’s something I’m finally letting go of now I’m older and wiser. It really achieves very little – except stress me out and make my brain come up with every worse case scenario it can dream of! Now I give it to God and do my best to think about other things – especially if I have no control over the situation (then worrying is just energy sapping and a total waste!) Thanks for sharing the hosting for another #MLSTL and you know I’ve shared this on my SM xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 15, 2018 at 07:29

      It is a struggle for me Leanne and people have commented that they didn’t believe I was a worrier. Perhaps I’m good at hiding it but slowly I’m starting to let go of trivial worries and at 60 one would hope that I could learn from my own advice! have a great day and thanks for sharing and co-hosting #MLSTL with me. x

      • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au August 8, 2018 at 12:41

        Hi Sue – I loved this post the first time and it was a great reminder the second time – especially the chart with the % rates on it. It really opens my eyes to how much time we needless waste on things we can’t do anything about! I’ve shared this on my SM and thanks again for co-hosting #MLSTL with me xx

        • Reply Sue Loncaric August 9, 2018 at 10:00

          Yes, I was being selfish sharing again as I needed to remind myself of a few things. The chart is very helpful and I should print a copy to keep with me at all times. Thanks for sharing and we’ve had another positive week at #MLSTL xx

  • Reply Linda Barnby | Hello Sweet Life February 14, 2018 at 17:10

    I’m not much of a worrier. I’m kind of a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of gal – which can get me into trouble occasionally. Many of my friends are worriers. I just didn’t get that gene. My anxiety does come out in other ways though. I tend to eat when I am stressed. So stress is my Achilles’ heel!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 15, 2018 at 07:28

      Hi Linda, we all have Achilles’ heels don’t we? Eating when stressed is a common problem and I try to avoid this by exercising or going for a run. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Michele Morin February 14, 2018 at 22:54

    This advice is so timely because as we grow older there are more “things” to worry about — and our kids are also maturing into bigger and more serious issues. Thanks for practical thoughts here that could actually be life-saving!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 15, 2018 at 07:27

      So true Michele. My children are 36 and 35 and I still worry about them, although I am learning not to worry quite so much. That is just part of being a Mother I think. Have a beautiful day x

  • Reply Jill February 14, 2018 at 23:39

    Great post. Simple straightforward advice. Very helpful. Thanks

  • Reply Leslie Clingan March 1, 2018 at 00:53

    I feel sure my sweet daddy was smiling over my shoulder as I read this. He was a big advocate for writing things down and exercising through troubles and worries. He would always suggest taking a walk when I was bogged down in worry.

    Such solid, common sense advice that we all need to be reminded of from time to time.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2018 at 09:17

      I think you had a very wise Dad, Leslie. I find going for a walk or exercising really helps clear my mind. Have a great day! x

  • Reply Fabby May 6, 2018 at 11:55

    Thank you so much for this great article, as I am a worrier sometimes too and the key is “how you handle it” and I always try to reason to tell myself that there is no need for my worrying over so much cause it does drain ones days and existence… not worth it. Mostly I am a happy person and I enjoy the little things in life and family.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Fabby

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2018 at 13:55

      I am a worrier Fabby although I do try to really process why I’m worrying and if it is out of my control then I need to accept I can’t do anything so worry is a waste of time. Thanks for stopping by to comment and yes we are much happier when we don’t let the worry take over x

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski August 6, 2018 at 11:05

    It’s so easy to worry about small things. I use my walk to work out most of my stress. There’s something about being outside and moving that is so cleansing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 7, 2018 at 09:00

      Being outdoors is always relaxing isn’t it Rebecca. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections August 8, 2018 at 06:35

    Great information here, Sue. Thank you for sharing so honestly and openly. Like others, I found the Worry Chart to be very interesting. Thank you for including it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 8, 2018 at 10:08

      Thank you Donna and it is great to have you back! xx

  • Reply Kristin Alicia August 8, 2018 at 06:43

    I’ve never thought of myself as a worrier, but I do tend to have anxiety from time to time. I found that once I found some techniques that helped stop the rumination, and practiced them regularly (the hard part!), I got pretty good at shifting out of the emotion. I think exercise is so important. I need to be better about doing it consistently, but it has so many benefits — both physical and mental. I saw that you recently completed a marathon. That is so awesome. One of my #lifegoals.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 8, 2018 at 10:07

      I don’t know where I would be without my running, yoga and workouts, Kristin. I do feel so much better afterwards and agree it is necessary for both physical and mental health. Yes, I have now run two – one at 55 and this one two weeks before my 61st birthday. Not sure there will be anymore because they are certainly hard work! Have a great day!

  • Reply Trisha Faye August 8, 2018 at 06:51

    Excellent post about something that far too many of us battle with.
    Sharing on my Embracing Life page and RT for MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 8, 2018 at 10:06

      Thank you Trisha for sharing and I agree. From the comments, I’ve received, I’m not the only one that visits the worry department LOL:)

  • Reply Kim August 8, 2018 at 07:21

    Look up the word “worry” in the dictionary and there’s my picture in living color! It usually hits when I’m trying to sleep and I’m working on using deep breathing exercises to help alleviate the anxiety and go back to sleep when the inevitable worrying starts. It’s a work in progress!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 8, 2018 at 09:55

      Hi Kim! I’ve discovered I’m not alone in the worry department. Many of my readers feel the same way. It is such a waste of energy but sometimes our minds just won’t shut off will they? Have a great week and thanks for stopping by to comment. xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph August 8, 2018 at 08:03

    Most of the time I do a pretty good job of not worrying about things that are out of my control, but it took years to get to this point. I also know that God is in control ultimately and that provides me with a deep sense of peace about the unknown.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 8, 2018 at 09:54

      Faith can play such an important part can’t it, Candi? I wish I had the faith that you do, as I’m sure it does bring peace of mind. Have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle August 8, 2018 at 08:20

    I’m a worrier too Sue. Though men can be worriers too, I think it tends to be more of a female problem – and gets worse in our mid-life years due to hormonal changes. If I’m really bad – highly anxious or worried about something – I try using meditation to help calm me down or distracting in my mind with crochet for example. I’ll always be a worrier though as it’s part of what makes me ME. I’m the one that says “let me know when you get home so I know you’re safe”. I always seem to have something in my mind that is worrying me. I’ve accepted that is who I am but I continue to try and manage it in order to look after myself and not let it affect those around me! Love the worry chart – very true! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 8, 2018 at 09:51

      I’m like you Min in everything you have written. I suppose if we accept that who we are then that takes some of the pressure away. I would like to not worry over little things though that usually work themselves out in the end anyway. x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes August 8, 2018 at 11:06

    I admit I’m a worrier too, Sue. I have gotten better about letting things go and accepting that most things are outside of my control over the last few years. Meditation and exercise help. I also find writing and talking to be good stress relievers as well. As your chart pointed out, most worry doesn’t accomplish anything. Thanks for the reminder and the practical tips.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 9, 2018 at 10:10

      Exercise definitely helps me Christie and the Worry Chart put things into perspective that is for sure. I’m a WIP I think. 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer Jones August 8, 2018 at 11:07

    So many comments Sue. Great to read what others are salting also. I’ve been a worrier all my life until a few years ago. I’m not sure what changed but I’m now able to tell myself if I can’t fix it there’s no point worrying about it. I love the worry chart. #shared

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 9, 2018 at 10:09

      I wish I could change Jen, as it can really play with my head. I find though it I’m really worried a good run or workout really helps. 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer August 8, 2018 at 12:00

    That worry chart really says a lot about needless worrying. My mother was always the future worrier. She worried about her children, even when they were all home and in their rooms. She worried about what they were going to do. Or maybe that was just her excuse to eat peanut butter crackers which were her go to” worry” food.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 9, 2018 at 10:08

      My mother was a worrier so perhaps I inherited it from her 🙂 The worry chart really opened my eyes but I need to see it in a prominent place as a constant reminder. xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan August 8, 2018 at 19:02

    How good it was to re-read this! Never hurts. My husband reckons it will say on my tombstone “Here lies Denyse Who Worried About Everything and Nothing Came of It”.

    Denyse #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 9, 2018 at 09:59

      That would be on my headstone, Denyse. I thought I would share this post again because it never hurts to be reminded and I love the Worry Chart. Have a beautiful day and take care. xx

  • Reply Victoria August 8, 2018 at 22:48

    There are days I am paralyzed with worry about my husband. Your post is very good Sue and offers good tips. I have a strong faith which gets me through most days.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 9, 2018 at 09:58

      Hi Victoria, I can imagine how difficult it would be not to worry about your husband. That certainly puts my little worries into perspective and makes me wake up to myself that I am very lucky. Take care and my thoughts are with you and your husband. xx

  • Reply Molly August 9, 2018 at 05:27

    I think there was a time in my life when I wore worry like a medal of honor. It proved I was serious and responsible. HA! I find the greatest help for me is to write things down. Get it out of my head and onto paper where I can see it in black and white. I also know there is value in taking long walks outdoors to clear the head. GREAT suggestions for all of us, Sue! I plan to pin the Worry Chart for future reference to help put anxiety into perspective.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 9, 2018 at 09:55

      I love the Worry Chart, Molly but I do need to print it off and have it above my desk so I can see it every day! I write things down as well and then feel as if I’ve transferred the worry from my head to the paper.

  • Reply agnesknowles August 9, 2018 at 08:35

    I have gotten so much better at deciding if I have any control over the worry or not. Usually I don’t and then I can finally let go of it. I don’t think social media helps as it emphasizes more tragedy and mayhem – making it seem like that is the norm. My important worries might be my children and grandchildren… so I make sure I always say g’bye with an ‘I love you’.
    It’s so imprtant to remind ourselves of all the good in the world – subscribe to those newsletters! Great article!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 9, 2018 at 09:50

      Hi Agnes! I always say ‘I love you’ to my husband and family as we never really know what will happen. I worry about little things which is annoying as they play on my mind. I need to improve my process so I can be concerned but not waste energy worrying over things out of my control. x

  • Reply Debbie August 9, 2018 at 17:11

    Hi Sue, trying not to worry seems to be getting harder as I get older. I need to know that some things, OK many things, are outside my control and just accept them but that’s very difficult to do. I get what you mean about wasting the energy we put into worrying though. Great thoughtful post! #mlstl

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2018 at 08:13

      Hi Deb, lately you have had more than enough on your plate so I can understand the worry increasing, especially I would think regarding your Mum and now Mother-In-Law. I try to overcome my worry by exercising and reading but I’m not sure I will fully conquer it. I’m a WIP I suppose. Take care, my friend and I’m thinking of you xx

  • Reply cherie August 9, 2018 at 20:47

    I am a worrier, I worry for myself and others as well. Is there anything you need me to worry about for you? I can do that too. But really, exercise and keeping active does help. I have not found a way to shut my mind down at night though, that is when it is the worst.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2018 at 08:11

      Hi Cherie, we seem like ‘two peas in a pod’. It is a difficult area of my life to overcome so I’m always a WIP. I don’t know where I would be without my running and exercise plus also my ‘time out’ to just get lost in a book for a few hours. I have some nights like you but lately I seem to be sleeping better. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by. From the comments, I’m receiving, I’m certainly not the only worrier out there! 🙂

  • Reply 1010ParkPlace August 10, 2018 at 05:49

    I used to worry about everything, but when my husband died, unexpectedly, on Christmas, I realized I’d been worrying about all the wrong things. He had a heart problem we didn’t know about. His death was a turning point for me in many ways. One was I stopped worrying. If anything, I’m surprised it didn’t push me more towards worrying, but I’m grateful it didn’t.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2018 at 08:07

      I’m so sorry to hear of your loss and at such a special time of year. It certainly would put life into perspective. Isn’t it a shame that we all need something bad to happen to remind us of the important things in life. My heart goes out to you and am grateful that you shared your story with me. Have a beautiful weekend and take care xxx

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