For those that think worrying is wrong or makes it harder to get things accomplished. Here are a few tips to make your worries work for you. It is better they work for you and not against you.
Recent studies show worrying may actually serve a purpose. Worrying keeps us alert and helps us anticipate problems before they happen.
If you are a worrywart, don’t worry! Instead, make worrying work for you rather than against you.
- Be Selective: Write down the things you worry about, then divide them into two categories: those you can change and those you can’t. Focusing on the things you can change is called productive worrying.
- Be Rational: If you’re obsessing, try a direct approach. Challenge worries with questions: “What evidence do I have this will happen?” or “How have similar situations played out in the past?”
- Be Proactive: Once you’ve put your worries in perspective, select one to act on, and don’t delay. The process of acting on any worry reminds you that you are in control.
“God give me the serenity to accept things which cannot be changed; Give me courage to change things which must be changed; And the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.” – Reinhold Niebuhr