Don’t get me wrong, I’m as guilty of worrying as the next person. But hindsight is always 20/20 and I often look back and the focus of my worry, frustrated at how much time I wasted that could have been invested in something productive. Here are some things you can do instead of worrying.
Something You Enjoy
What better way to lift your spirits and distract yourself from something you have little to no control over anyway. So instead, read a book, binge-watch a TV show, go to the movies, play your favorite sport or game, do a hobby you enjoy, have lunch with a friend, or anything that you truly enjoy.
One True Sentence
Another way to shift gears is to do something relaxing. However, you first need to turn the cycle of worried repetition from on to off. Do this by creating one true sentence. Instead of exploring all the worst possibilities for why your best friend hasn’t returned your call keep things to one true sentence. “My best friend hasn’t called me in 3 weeks.” That is what is true, the other stories you have made are assumptions. They are not real or true. They are worry that could be nothing. If you need to do something actionable, call again or send an email asking if anything is wrong.
Set An Intention To Relax
Spend the day in nature, schedule a massage, steam, take a hot bath, listen to binary beats—or do anything that will make you feel more relaxed.
Why worry when worry robs us of the joy of life and the present moment—which is the only moment we truly have.