There is no need to worry, friend.
- Worrying won’t help the object of your worry.
No amount of fret and sweat will help the object of your worry. Worrying doesn’t keep your loved one safe. Worrying doesn’t change the outcome of your court case. Worrying won’t give you good results from medical tests.
- Worrying makes handling the issue worse.
Worrying is exhausting. If you end up needing to deal with the issue you’re worried about, you’ll be tired, and thinking less clearly.
- Worrying is contagious.
When you worry, it’s natural to share with others your concerns, which can lead to others dwelling on that bizzare longshot scenario also. This can spread through a home, group or workplace and ruin other people’s day, or slow the progress of business or group functions.
- Worrying makes you miss your life.
While you’re frozen by a state of panic or near-panic, focused on the possible future, you aren’t having fun, being productive or treating yourself with care.
- Worrying is physically injurious
Worry and panic increase cortisol, which can add belly fat. It can wear out your adrenals, disturb your sleep and cause you to make poor decisions.
- Not worrying doesn’t mean you don’t care.
Let yourself off the hook. Of course you care, but worrying isn’t indicative of caring.
- Worrying can alienate or offend the object of your worry.
If you are worried about a person, either their safety or how they will handle a situation, they may mistake your concerns for lack of faith in their capabilities. While we know that’s not usually the case, it can come off that way to others, so let them – and yourself – off the hook.
- You can handle whatever comes.
Pre-worrying doesn’t help you “brace yourself” for the impact it will have on your life. No matter how many “What-if’s” you ask yourself, the answer is always going to be “I’ll handle it!” or other people will help you handle it. So let yourself off the worry hook, and calm down. Be settled with the knowledge that you can deal with the issue if it happens, even though 99% of our fears never come true.