Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Part I
Ever suffer with anxiety?
Ever worry yourself into a frenzy?
Life Coach, Kim Giles*, has simple, principle-based solutions that may help you change.
“Studies have shown most things you worry about will never happen and the things which do happen are usually out of your control, so no amount of worrying could prevent them.
This means that worry is a waste of your time and energy. It does not change the outcome of the future at all, but it definitely affects the quality of your life today.”
I tend to worry at night. My nighttime schedule often includes:
When I pull the down comforter up around me and begin to worry, my husband reminds me that I will be much better equiped to face my concerns and challenges in the morning – after a good night’s sleep, when I am rested, and when the morning sun lights my day.
He is always right.
I wish my worries were as easy to turn off as a light switch, but some nights I struggle. On difficult evenings, I imagine a bag sitting on the floor outside my bedroom door. I picture myself placing my concerns into the bag. I close the bag. I close my bedroom door and leave the bag of worries sitting there all night, outside my door, while I sleep. I get a break from them. They are not even allowed in my room. Often in the morning, I magically find the “bag” much lighter. Somehow the worries escape, slip out, sneak away during the night.
Sir William Osler recommended “living your life in day-tight compartments,” meaning you focus on what is in your control today and leave the problems that might happen to tomorrow.
Speaking of tomorrow…tomorrow’s blog will be Part II in the Don’t Worry, Be Happy series. We’ll share more insight on leaving your worries behind.
Think. Click. Be…
* (KSL.com, LIFEadvice: Beat anxiety by staying positive, staying present. March 12, 2012)
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