Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Stop Worrying and Start Living!

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Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

Would you like to know how to stop worrying and start living?

One of the tools I use is my faith in God. I trust that whatever is happening in my life, there is a lesson to be learned and I know that with God’s help, I can get through anything.

I’m sure you are all aware of what stress and anxiety can do to your health. It can also hinder your future.

What makes some people worry constantly and others only worry when things happen? I have often wondered if there is a “worry gene.”

It could be genetic, or it could be a learned behavior. Perhaps it is a combination of both.

Regardless, there are steps you can take to stop worrying and start living your life!

No. 1. Make a list of your worries. Identify what exactly it is you are worried about.

No. 2. Analyze the list. Is your worry productive or unproductive? In other words, can you do something about it? Can you take action? This is where the “what if” scenario can come into play. In that case your worry is unproductive.

No. 3. Embrace uncertainty. You may need to accept your own limitations. This is where I find it comforting to lean on God.

No 4. Make yourself uncomfortable. This is part of the “Face your fear” concept. If you push yourself to stretch outside your comfort zone, the comfort zone will expand.

No 5. Stop the clock. Think in the present, but know that everything doesn’t need to happen immediately.

No 6. Things are rarely as bad as you imagine them to be. Anxiety and worry are both centered on anticipation.

No 7. Talk it out. Talk to a counselor, a therapist, a friend, or even your pet. Often times talking something out coupled with changes in behavior can go a long way to changing someone and helping them.

Are you ready to stop worrying and start living?

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