I won’t break out in song and dance, but there’s a lot behind this simple phrase: Don’t Worry, Be Happy! How many of us spend so much of our waking hours worried about something? How much energy do we expend thinking and being overly concerned about someone?
It’s easy to have “worry thoughts” sneak into our minds and bury themselves. Be aware when this happens. No matter how difficult it is to stop yourself from worrying, you must try. Did you know that researchers have found that only 8% of what you worry about actually happens and 4% of that is beyond our control? Therefore, only 4% of what we worry about may be within our control. In other words, 92% of what we worry about never happens! The statistics are clear: don’t waste time worrying!
Empty your mind of negative worry chatter. Instead, fill your mind with positive self-talk. When you’re worried or stressed, you only see problems. Furthermore, worrying brings anxiety and stress to your body which, inevitably, will be detrimental to your health. By eliminating destructive worry chatter, you can quiet and calm your mind and be at peace.
Worry is really the fear of the unknown and thinking the worst can happen. Overcome worry and fear by releasing attachment to the future. Surrender to a Higher Power to take care of your needs. Don’t dwell on negative thoughts believing everything will go wrong. Instead, shift your mindset to positive thoughts of all that is good and right, and dwell on those thoughts! Think about what you have to be grateful for. Rewire your brain. When you find yourself starting to worry, hit the reset button.
Remember, statistically, you have no control of over 96% of what you worry about. Focus your life on what you have control over. If you are worried about making a personal or business decision, then research as much as you can to make an informed decision. After you’ve explored your options, make that decision. You will then be able to move forward.
If you have a problem, confront it immediately. Don’t procrastinate. Consider the anticipation of dealing with the problem may be causing more anxiety than the actual problem itself. Write down the best possible solution to your problem. Next, list the steps necessary to arrive successfully at that solution. By just writing these items down, you’ve taken action towards resolving the problem. Love yourself for your courage in confronting issues honestly. Appreciate your own strength in addressing the challenging situations or emotions you’re dealing with.
Don’t be distraught over past decisions or situations. Don’t fret about the future. Live in the moment.
A practical way to reduce anxiety is to relax, and nurture your body, mind, and spirit. Take some deep breaths, listen to your favorite music, spend time in solitude with nature, exercise, eat a healthy diet, get proper sleep, meditate, and practise yoga. Get support from family, friends, or professionals. Sometimes, just talking about issues and getting everything out in the open brings clarity and reduces anxiety.
I was inspired to write this blog post because two serious unexpected events happened yesterday that resulted in me being worried. I dealt with my initial feelings of anxiety by meditating, taking deep breaths, talking to friends, exercising (I went to my dragonboat practice which is physically exerting and socially fun), and going to a yoga class.
While I was at this yoga class, which was outside in a park, one of the poses was to stand with my legs shoulder-width apart, bent forward, touching my fingers to the ground. While in this upside down pose, I couldn’t help but look backward. I smiled at what I saw. Someone had written on the sidewalk, “don’t worry, be happy” with happy faces down the entire length of the sidewalk! I was so grateful that God and the Universe sent me this clear message at the exact time that I needed it! Of course that was what I had to do—to stop worrying and be happy and grateful for all my blessings!
Don’t Worry, Be Happy!
In summary, be aware of your thoughts and recognize when you start to worry. Try to stop worrying by having positive thoughts and releasing attachment to the outcome. Take steps to reduce and eliminate your anxiety by using the various methods mentioned above. Be grateful for all you have. Surrender and trust in a Higher Power to orchestrate your life perfectly. Consciously rid yourself of worry and choose to be at peace. Live your life fearlessly!
Love & Light,
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