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Can you help worrying?

To worry is to be overly concerned with a situation or problem, spending time, thoughts and energy on something that has already happened or might happen, .

There must be so many people around the world that spent last night worrying about Hurricane Sandy and the damage it might inflict, or loved ones caught in the storm.   Will the rivers overflow, will buildings be damaged, trees fall down and people get hurt?  What will it all look like tomorrow?

If we didn’t worry about that then we might be worrying about other major world issues such as the fighting in Syria or our soldiers in Afghanistan.  People risking their lives and other people falling victim to tyranny or political agendas in which they have no say.

Its hard to take on the problems of the world.

How much time of the day do you spend worrying about one thing or another.  If its not the problems of the world it might be about more general things such as our own health, children or what to make for dinner.  There are always things to worry about.

Much of what we worry about connects to losing what we already have such as friendships, relationships, work stability, wealth, support etc.  We question our actions or the actions of others which may be intentional or not.  Where we feel we have behaved wrongly we might worry about being judged, criticised, accused, punished or even rejected.

If you are an excessive worrier, you will probably find your mind and body going into overdrive which can lead to anxiety, sleepless nights and loss of appetite.

I always say if there is a problem and you can’t do anything about it then there is no point in worrying and if you can do something about it then there is no need to worry.

But just to help clarify:

1.   What exactly are you worried about?

2.  Can you do something about it and if so what?

3.  If you can’t do anything about it then how can you let go of the worry.

One way to let go of the worry is to bring yourself into present moment awareness and ask yourself the following question:
“In this present moment do I have anything to worry about”  

Affirmation:  There is a solution to all problems and I will find it
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