What is worry?
I believe that worry is our own inability to control our emotions over what we know or perceive to be a negative consequence in our lives.
Why do we worry?
I think we worry when we don’t have a clear strategy for finding our way out of a real or perceived threat. If we have encountered a similar situation before, and we have been unable to resolve it to our complete satisfaction, then we may feel stuck on this well-traveled path to nowhere.
How Can We Slow Ourselves Down From Worrying?
Here are a few suggestions to help you to better navigate your way away from the path the leads you to worry:
- Begin to recognize what you are saying to yourself whenever you catch yourself worrying. For example, do you say a lot of “what if’s?” (When you catch yourself thinking about numerous possibilities that you cannot quickly resolve, then you may feel overwhelmed and unable to function at your best).
- Choose to walk and talk through the worry with a trusted friend or counselor. If you have dealt with a similar situation before, and you were by yourself, choose a different strategy and invite the help of others to assist you in finding your way out of harm’s way.
- Take note of your reactions: In other words, how are you being affected by worrying? Are you finding it hard to breathe, unable to make clear decisions, or just feeling overwhelmed, and not knowing what to do? Knowing your particular responses to worry can help you to better understand yourself, and be more in touch with your mind and body’s reactions.
- Take time to listen. For example, listen to Gregorian Chants at 432 HZ to calm your body down and to bring you peace. Take time to listen to your body and mind when they are feeling well, and when they are encountering distress. Finally, take the time to listen to Jesus as He directs you throughout your life’s journey. He loves you, and He wants to help you whenever you feel overwhelmed with worry.
Lord Jesus, thank you for helping us to slow down whenever we feel worried. You can help us to better understand ourselves by helping us to better understand what causes our distress. Continue to bring us out of harm’s way and onto your level path, so that we can be restored and strengthened by your amazing love. Amen.
Throw all your worry on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)