I’m guilty, guilty of obsessing for long hours, days, weeks, and unfortunately months; over issues that I can and cannot control. Have you succumbed to this unhealthy habit? At some point in our lives even the most worry free individuals have “wasted time” stressing and worrying about certain matters but managed at some point or another to differenciate between what can and cannot be controlled. The effects of stress on the body vary vastly. I’ve experienced a sporatic twitching eyelid, lower back aches, tension headaches, increased acne, palptations, etc. These symtoms can be scary especially when the symptoms become so frequent that web searching medical conditions are the next big concern on my “things to worry” about list. Only to discover that all I need is rest and time to clear my head and suddenly these undesirable symptoms go away.
Life will always bring the unexpected, no matter big or small, mentally we have the abilty to decide how we want to handle it. Take for instance former NBA great Dennis Rodman. He has went on record stating he doesn’t worry about anything. He’s carefree, lives life by his own standards, and comforable with who he is. Clearly, he’s not the ideal role model but he does live by a motto that “worry warts” could consider adopting. If you cannot fix it, then do not worry. But if there is something that you can do about it, be optimistic, and give it your best shot. If things do not work out at least you have no regrets, hence nothing to worry about.
Stressing and worry is not a walk on the beach. Not only can your body act out as I listed above, but also your memory will suffer, work or school performance can suffer and suddenly over a certain period of time, you are not really the best you can be. That’s just sad. So starting today, pause for a moment and think about what might be bothering you today. If there is something there that could be a potential problem, ask yourself, is there anything I can do to solve this problem? If there isn’t move on and live your life. If there is, then start moving forward with an action plan to solve the problem and see what happens. Tell me your experience with worry/stress?