Have you ever found yourself worrying about things you can not change?
A very successful friend of mine wanted to vent. As I listened to his issue I recalled worrying about a very similar issue. After listening and asking a few questions I asked him if he would like me to provide some feedback. He replied that he would. I just told him to stop worrying. Worry is not going to change the result of what has already been done. Think about it… if you ate some fried chicken and you are supposed to be watching what you eat, or if you really need to mow your lawn and the weather man forecasts rain, or if you cracked your smartphone and you are not sure if you backed up your data, worrying about it will not change anything.
Let’s start by looking at what research has said about worrying in general:
- About 85% of the things we worry about never happen.
- If what we worry about does happen, 80% of us said we handled the outcome better than we thought we would.
- People who let go of worries instead of stressing over them are much healthier than those who don’t.
We can really work on reducing some of the stress in our lives by not worrying about the issues we cannot change. If you have eaten something you shouldn’t have, if you have a chore to do, or if your smart phone is damaged it would be a healthier option to stop worrying about it. One thing in life is certain and that is that there will be uncertainty. It would be a great idea to learn to look for it and find the joy in the changes of life.
Of those that do not know this exercise has been proven to help stimulate the production of feel good brain chemicals and improve your self-image. If you have trouble focusing on the workout at hand music might be the ticket to pushing your further and harder in your workout routine. If you really challenge yourself you will need to focus on the workout at hand and your worry will fade away.