Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Seven Steps to End the Worry Habit

Would it surprise you to learn that worrying is actually a habit?

And if it’s a habit, habits can be broken!

Most people have difficulties and obstacles they must face in life. Life is not always going to be a bed of roses, but there are some people who make a habit of worrying about what the future may hold.

One thing that has made my life calmer, more centered and positive is something a priest I had years ago said. It is the best advice I’ve ever been given. What was it?

“The God who took care of you yesterday, will take care of you today, tomorrow and always.”

And you know what? He has!

I find that when I am concerned about something happening, I turn it over to God in prayer and then trust that He will help me find a solution, and will help me get through it.

There are other ways to break the worry habit, that many psychologists have found works wonders. Here are seven ways to stop the worry habit:

1. Make a list of your worries.

Write them down and take a good look at them.

2. Analyze the list.

Is there anything on that list really worth worrying about? In other words, is it a worry that can be fixed, such as are you worried you’ll be late for an appointment? In that case, leave earlier. If you can have control over whatever it is you’re worried about, then take steps to avoid the outcome that concerns you.

On the other hand, don’t play the “What if” game either. In this instance, you’re making problems where none exist.

3. Embrace uncertainty.

Things rarely turn out as bad as your imagination makes them out to be.

4. Think calming thoughts.

Focus on a relaxing moment in your life, meditate on that image and breathe.

5. Practice making yourself uncomfortable.

Face something you’re worried or afraid about. I have a fear of public speaking, so I joined Toastmasters to help me face it and move past it.

6. Cry.

Sometimes crying can be healing. It lets out get out the emotions bent up inside us. There was a time not too long ago, when I kept something bottled up inside me. I was worried about something and unsure how things would turn out. I sat in my car and cried for about a half an hour and after that, things seemed clearer and not quite as bad as I thought.

7. Talk about it.

Sometimes talking to a professional counselor, or your priest/clergyman can work wonders. Like I said, earlier in the post, talking to my priest when I was faced with a particularly worrisome situation helped me through and his words continue to help me when I have difficult times.

I hope these techniques help you to break the worry habit.

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