Worrying has become a total epidemic in our world.
We worry about what others think of us.
We worry about how we make people feel.
We worry about the future.
We worry about the past.
We live in constant worry about things large and small, and this constant stress negatively affects us physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Our worries feel like they have a purpose—they represent a form of control over the uncontrollable. We think our worrying will prevent a disaster or help us solve a problem. Yet it often does the opposite.
The more I worry about being late, the more red lights I hit. If I’m relaxed, it’s smooth sailing. Have you ever noticed this?
Our thoughts guide our experience, and when we're fixated on problems, the solutions seem to disappear. Excess stress also makes us likely to get hit by “coincidences” that manifest our worries into reality.
Here are four tips to help you stop worrying as much so you can relax and enjoy your life: