Every time I do a stress presentation, I ask people who worry to raise their hands. I ask them, "Has anyone told you to stop worrying because it either doesn't help or because what you worry about never happens?" They all say, "Yes!" Then I ask, "Did that work?" They all emphatically say, "NO!" Then I say, "OK. I'm not going to tell you to stop worrying." Everyone smiles.
Here is what I discovered about worry....
If you are a worrier, you have a future oriented mind. You are worried about what might happen in a future over which you will or might not have control. You have a good reason to worry. Nearly everything in the future is out of your control. This is why the future stresses you so much and why you worry about it!
Solution: Your mind thinks... That is its job. Telling it not to think the way it does, won't work. Give your future-oriented mind something to think about that's useful. Ask your mind to visualize what you want to see in the future. Focusing on what you want in the future rather than what you fear gives your future-oriented mind something constructive to think about. It's happy and you are happier!
Suggested Activity: Creating a vision board of what you want to see in the future is a great project for you. Here is a link to a free article on how to create a Vision Board. http://www.ailaspeaks.com/article-vision-board.html
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