Rise Above Worry
Do you tend to worry about things? Do you think about what you have to do, didn’t do, imagine events yet to come, or worry about yourself or your loved ones? If so, you are not alone! Many people experience some degree of over-thinking which leads to emotional overload. Often times people obsess about things and events outside of their control and it is exhausting!
It is becoming a natural part of our society to live with increased speed, stress, over stimulation, and multi-tasking. Most of us are “plugged in” to the technology marketplace while others have opted to “opt out” and remove themselves from the maniacal grid. Either way, it seems more important now than ever to find proactive ways to find peace and calm, while reducing negative patterns such as chronic worry and fear. We must find a way to rise above worry and fear like a bird soaring above it all, feeling free and easy- living with a healthy perspective.
As homosapien’s, we are connected to our roots with the primate kingdom, such as monkeys. To tame your relentless “monkey mind” you must first become aware of it. “Monkey mind” is a Buddhist term meaning “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable”. If worry and fear get you caught in this trap, find your way out of it.
Here are some tips if you get caught in the worry trap:
- Practice meditation, prayer, and other relaxing rituals upon awakening and before bedtime and get 7-8 hours of sleep.
- Create positive affirmations that remind you to be positive and proactive.
- Being mindful, know when to hold on and when to let go of a thought, issue, problem or relationship.
- Eat foods that energize and calm you, rather than those that weigh you down or deplete you.
- Read inspiring books and listen to uplifting music that give you peace and joy.
- Focus on your successes and create an Action Plan reflecting strategies that work.
- Be aware of the natural order of things, realistically walking your daily path.
- Find a physical outlet like dance, singing, art, exercise, or walking to deal with worry or fear-based emotions.
- Remember that you cannot control outcomes, other people or Life; you can only control yourself.
- Remind yourself that there are always things, people, and events to be grateful for and to focus on.
What we put our attention on grows within us. Sometimes the outcome is a wonderful new idea or a deeply inspired insight. Forgiveness and understanding may also come once time is devoted to a particular subject or situation. At other times, if we are hyper-focused on a worry or fear, our attention can throw us into a whirlwind of conflicted feelings creating a sense of overwhelm and desperation.
Choose to be aware of your thoughts and feelings. Become mindful of your power or lack of power in situations and respond accordingly. Ask for support if you feel you cannot stop the pattern of worry or fear and if these tendencies impede your health or healthy functioning.
It is your life and you are entitled to gain mastery and peace of mind. Take a step, now take another and with grace and dignity- step into the lightness of your being. All works out, it always does somehow. By your worrying about it, you are no closer to capturing your desires than if you flapped your wings hoping to fly.
Live Inspired! ®