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Has Worrying Got You Tied up in Knots?

Worrying. It isI have spent most of my life worrying easier said than done to stop worrying for a lot of people. Others seem to go about their day without a seeming worry in the world. Yet, is that true? When we see people smiling and friendly in the grocery store or on Facebook…do you make an assumption that they are fine?

Worrying does not always have to be obvious. That’s right. A person can look like they are carefree and yet, deep inside may be consumed with worry. It might not be in that moment…it might be as they lay in bed at night and replay a scene from the day, over and over again. Yes, that is worry.

Have you heard the expression that a dog worries a bone? It means that it doesn’t let it go…and that is what worry is…an anxious state that is held onto that is not let go of…

This quote by Mark Twain speaks volumes:

“I have spent most of my life worrying about things that have never happened.” Mark Twain.

Has Worrying Become a Problem in Your Life?

Everyone has moments of worry in their lives. We worry when our child is late coming home from a party. We worry when we have lost a job. Life does have worry in it and that is normal. It becomes a problem when it is something we feel we can’t turn off…when it becomes almost a compulsion to think about the same thing over and over again…especially when there is nothing that we could have done to change the outcome.

Worrying, then, at its very worst is a stuck state, like being caught in quicksand. The more you try and get out of it, the worse it gets and the more you sink into the quicksand…until it overwhelms you. The feeling of overwhelm helps you to worry more and the more you worry, the more overwhelmed you feel…and so on…a vicious cycle.

“Our thoughts make us what we are.”― Dale Carnegie  Tweet this!

Stopping the Vicious Cycle of Worrying

  • Be in the now…in this very moment. When you worry, you are projecting events into the future that may or may not happen.
  • Meditate or engage in prayer. Both methods calm and soothe the anxious brain patterns of worry…because you can’t hold onto a worrying thought if you have a calm thought in your mind, can you?
  • Rest. Don’t let yourself get too tired, too hungry, too thirsty or too emotionally depleted. Do activities that fill your life with energy, like moderate exercise and work or hobbies that you love.
  • Find the joy in the small things. Practice gratitude for something…for anything…when you focus on the good in your life, it is hard to worry.

Worrying is Using Your Imagination Negatively

As an NLP practitioner, one of the habits that I notice people have who worry a lot is that they live in the future in their minds…and not a pleasant future. They are brilliant at creating negative events and because they have such powerful imaginations…it feels so real…

So one of the exercises that I use with those people who have worrying as a problem, is to have them take that negative imagined future…that one that probably would never happen…and make it small and turn the colors down on that picture…and is there a message that they need to see…and if there is…to take the learning’s…and you know…sometimes that worrying has a message for you and for me…and when you hear that message or see it…you don’t need to worry anymore…because you can make a decision to do something about that situation…and if there is nothing that you can do…you can just let it go…because worrying doesn’t fix anything, does it…doing something does…that’s right…

And when you look behind that worrying for any positive intentions, you might see some….and you might not…whatever you do…your future can be bright…so imagine what your future would look like…if it was bright…and shiny…yes…just like that…

So take these simple steps and turn the dial down on any worrying that might be left…because you can…

“Drive your own life…you deserve to, don’t you?” Sherie Venner


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I am a Relationship Coach who helps others create happy, healthy, loving relationships…including the relationship they have with themselves…by breaking through those blocks and barriers to success. I use various techniques gathered through training as a Master Practitioner of NLP, timeline, hypnosis and common sense gathered through life experience.

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  • Lisa Birnesser August 11, 2012, 10:52 am

    Wonderful post about worrying, Sherie! Worrying is a habit. Our minds are constantly moving and without using the strategies you’ve suggestions it will negatively effect every part of out lives. Thanks so much!

    • Sherie August 11, 2012, 1:13 pm

      Lisa, yes, it is just a habit. Love your take on it and thanks for commenting!

  • Susan Preston August 9, 2012, 4:50 pm

    Love this, Sherie! I find by living in the Now, it makes such a big difference in not worrying! Thanks for sharing your brilliance 😉

    • Sherie August 9, 2012, 4:56 pm

      *blush*…thanks, Susan! It does make such a difference! : D

  • Steve Gamlin August 9, 2012, 2:12 pm

    Although I’ve never touched the stuff, in a recent blog I mentioned that “I must have smoked a TON of weed in the previous life” because I really don’t spend a lot of time worrying about things. Money is often a concern, but I don’t sit around imagining the worst. I knew people who’ve spent their lives like that…not for me. : )

    • Sherie August 9, 2012, 2:17 pm

      Steve, that is a great mindset to have!

  • Moira Hutchison August 9, 2012, 12:56 pm

    This is a fabulous article Sherie – thanks! I can be a wee bit of a worrier myself from time to time and it’s usually a time for me to take a break… rest, meditate etc.

    I also like to remind myself of an Abraham-Hicks quote which says (words to the effect) that worry is putting your attention on things that you do NOT wish to happen – so why are you giving any creative energy to that? ;).

    • Sherie August 9, 2012, 2:16 pm

      Love that quote, Moira, that is so true…thank you!

  • Eva Blaskovic August 9, 2012, 8:25 am

    Thank you, Sherie.

    • Sherie August 9, 2012, 10:28 am

      You’re welcome, Eva, hugs….

  • Llison August 9, 2012, 7:04 am

    Excellent post. I’ll use these techniques to dial down my own worrying.

    • Sherie August 9, 2012, 10:28 am

      They do work, Llison…glad I could help! : D

  • Eva Blaskovic August 9, 2012, 12:27 am

    Excellent post with practical advice.

    “Worrying does not always have to be obvious. That’s right. A person can look like they are carefree and yet, deep inside may be consumed with worry.” I think this is very important to point out. We don’t always look like what we feel, and just because we look fine on the outside doesn’t mean all is well, our life is a breeze, or we are less affected than someone else.

    “Rest. Don’t let yourself get too tired, too hungry, too thirsty or too emotionally depleted.” This is an often overlooked situation so this is a particularly good tip, especially not getting “emotionally depleted,” which can happen easily and sometimes we don’t realize how depleted we are.

    • Sherie August 9, 2012, 2:24 am

      It is very easy to become emotionally depleted and it can happen easily, especially when there is an overwhelming amount of things to do. Eva, you have such wonderful insights into this and I thank you for sharing your thoughts and commenting.