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Jul 31

No Worries Worries

Meher Baba talked about it, Bob Marley sang about it, the Bible tells you not to do it and Doctors warn you of its effects. However, worry is something we are all guilty of. We all know what it’s like to stress over home repairs that we cannot afford, or to feel helpless and worried over a sick family member. It isn’t that we should never be concerned over outcomes. In fact, we are never in short supply of things to worry about. Whether it relates to our bills, deadlines, health, job security, the economy, relationships with loved ones, or simply what’s for dinner tonight, we all get caught in the throes of worry. It’s how we handle those worries that makes the difference.
Though it is easy to do, it is also easy to see there are no benefits to worry. In fact, worry does more harm than good. Worry, by definition, is an uneasy feeling, an overwhelming concern about a situation or problem. This can put your body into overdrive as you focus on things you often cannot control. Excessive worrying can affect things such as your appetite, your habits, relationships, your rest, how you perform at your job and your health. Excessive worrying causes your nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol which boost blood sugar levels and blood fats that can be used by your body for fuel. However, these hormones can also cause physical reactions, such as: headaches, trouble concentrating, muscle aches, nausea and shortness of breath. If not taken care of, these hormones can cause even greater issues such as digestive disorders, short term memory loss, premature coronary artery disease and heart attacks.
We all have coping mechanisms that kick in when we are facing stressful situations. There are a lot of good ones out there, but there are certainly plenty that are harmful. Some turn to overeating, some to smoking, and others may fall to alcohol or drugs to deal with their worry. However, these all lead to more problems and cannot even be considered as a temporary solution. So how do you fight the urge to stress and put your worry to rest? Your doctor has some great suggestions.
– Get active: Make time for your body to relieve stress through exercise. Walk, jog or grab a mitt and play ball with your kids. Not only will it help you feel better about your body, but it will help you keep control when stress tries to take over.
– Eat smart: When we are under stress, it is easy to reach for comfort foods, and lots of them. Some eat too little and others not at all. However, choosing to eat healthy, among many other benefits, will aid in the fight over stress and worry.
– Take a chill pill: Relax, think, take a breather or chat with a friend over coffee. Taking time to think, pray and fellowship with friends is a necessity to avoiding worry while handling the cares of life.
-Turn to someone you trust. It can be a relief to share your thoughts with someone else, and it can be good to work through problems with the help of another person.
-Write it all down. Keeping a notebook handy for you to scribble your thoughts in whenever you feel like it can be a great way of expressing yourself. You may find it helpful to write about what is worrying you, or express yourself in a more creative way.
-Reduce your load. Sometimes you just have to accept that you can’t do everything. Keep track of your schedule and how you feel each day, and working out your optimal level of activity. You should be busy, entertained, and challenged, without feeling overwhelmed.
-Consider the big picture. When you’re going through a stressful situation, ask yourself these two questions. ‘How important is this?’ and ‘will it matter in the long run?’ If you realise it doesn’t, it’s probably not worth getting too stressed out by.
-Learn to forgive. Move on from hurt, regret and anger. Whether you are angry at yourself or someone else, it doesn’t help you to hold on to negative feelings like resentment.
-Think on good things. Optimism involves learning to think positively about the future – even when things go wrong. That’s not to say you should pretend that everything is fine when it isn’t. Instead, simply take an objective look at your situation, and make a conscious decision to focus on the positive. It can be hard to do, but if you stick with it, it could become a habit.
-Count your blessings. Take some of that focus away from the negative things, and take a few minutes to list your blessings and things you are thankful for. I guarantee that your blessings always outweigh the stresses.
It isn’t that worries won’t come, but that you will now be in control when they come and know how to properly handle situations and circumstances that come with life. The Bible says to ”cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” When we recognize that God is in control and put our trust in Him, situations no longer rule our lives. So cast your cares on the Lord and trust in Him. Matthew 11:30 says, “for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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  1. July 31, 2013
    That is a great article!! It seems easier for us as humans to worry about things that are out of our control rather than put in in God's hands. He is the author and the finisher. Once we come to that point and give all our burdens to Him, we become light hearted, happier and more content with our situations because we know that God is in control. Reply
  2. July 31, 2013
    Incredible! I learned so much from this blog! Worry is a waste of time and can be harmful. I love the Bible verses at the end as well! "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." I will definitely put this into action. Reply

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