Use These 5 Effective Antidotes to Worry — and Be Happy!


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By Sandra Pawula | Always Well Within

Do you worry a lot?  I used to be a big worrier.  For example, I would be on pins and needles whenever my husband flew until he touched down safely.

Eventually, I realized:  Worry never helps, it only harms me.

Since that “aha” moment, I worry far less.  I can’t say I’ve extinguished worry entirely, but it’s no longer such a prominent force in my life.

Related Article: How To Stop Worrying and Start Living

According to WebMD:

When worries and anxiety become excessive, chances are you’ll trigger the stress response.

In addition to stressing you out, chronic worry can make you physically ill.  Repeatedly turning on the fear, flight, fight stress system in your body can contribute to annoying symptoms like headaches and even serious health problems like immune suppression, digestive disorders, and heart disease.

Let’s take a look at how to release worry because each time you let go of worry, life becomes more spacious and free.

5 Antidotes to Worry

Check out these 5 antidotes to worry and see which ones resonates for you.

Related Article: Why Worrying is Counterproductive and How to Lighten Up

1. This Isn’t Happening Right Now

Worry usually means you’re in a thought of the the past or future.  So when a worry thought or feeling arises, remind yourself this isn’t happening right now.  It’s just a thought moving through your mind.

Embrace Shantideva’s advice:

If the problem can be solved why worry?  If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.

In other words, if there’s a solution, take action.  If not, let go.

2. Change the Channel

When your mind drifts to worry, use your senses to help bring yourself into the present moment.  Notice what you see, hear, feel (physical sensations), smell or taste right now.  For example, “I see a yellow wall and hear birds chirping and a weed whacker in the background.”

Related Article: What If You Had Nothing To Worry About?

You don’t need to announce it to yourself.  Just be aware of what your senses are receiving, and rest in that awareness without creating thoughts about it.  If thoughts do arise, don’t chastise yourself.  Just let them go and return your attention to your senses.

This is a simple form of mindfulness practice.

3. Use An Affirmation

Create an affirmation to replace the worry thought.  Craft one that goes to the core of your fear.  For example, “I feel safe.”  Or “I have everything I need in this moment.”  Then, whenever the worry thought comes, immediately apply the affirmation in its place.


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