I used to sweat the small things and keep myself up at night worrying about everything from work, to family, and what direction my life was going. Then, I experienced a real-life crisis, one that shocks you into realizing that most of the things we waste our time worrying about are trivial and rarely of real concern. Here’s how you can combat your worry.
Will You Even Remember It?
While I don’t waste as many sleepless nights as I used to, I’m still human and, sometimes, have a difficult time turning off my brain. One thing that helps me to stop obsessing is to ask myself if I will remember what I’m worrying about in 5 years? 1 year? 6 months? Usually, I won’t be worrying about it a month from now. I also ask myself if I can still recall what I was worrying about a year ago. I rarely can, which means it’s not worth the worry.
Let Go of What You Can’t Control
I don’t know about you, but most of the things I worry about are only partially within my control and often are out of my control. While it might, in some odd way, feel comforting to try to force your desired outcome, I have found that, if I can let go of what I can’t control, opportunities arise that I wouldn’t have otherwise been looking for.
While it might not be realistic to aspire never to worry again, you can make the happier and healthier realization that worrying is a waste of time.