I’ve struggled through sleepless nights. I’ve tossed and turned at thoughts of deadlines, big projects, personal goals, shortcomings, you name it. Things can pile up on one’s proverbial plate. When worry is present in the mind, it can be strong and overwhelming. What’s worse, it can be cyclical. We can fall into a pattern of thought and worry; we can succumb to anxiety, and it can devour a portion of our day (or a portion of our sleep!).
So let’s talk solutions. Let’s talk overcoming worry by overcoming obstacles. There are numerous effective ways to overcome worry in your life, and it may come down to what works best for you. But here’s a few things that everyone can try: Reassessing and reframing worry, and turning worry into inspiration.
When we worry, we’re aware. We’re aware of problems and obstacles that can’t escape the forefront of our mind. Now, that’s OK! It’s okay to be aware of issues and obstacles in our lives. In fact, it can be helpful. If we embrace worry as awareness, we’re simply being proactive. When you think about a problem – when you’re aware of it – you’re taking your first step to overcome that problem.
Let Awareness Turn Into Learning
To turn your awareness of worry into action you first have to see how this specific type of worry is specifically benefiting you. What is it teaching you, especially in the act of worrying. Ask and answer this question until you have so many ah-ha’s that you are smiling because of your new relationship to worry and not frowning because you feel stuck in it.
Here is what I found out about my strategy of worry:
If I am worrying about it, I care about it
If I cannot let it go, it must be important
If I take the time to write all the details down and get it out of my head, I can work with it.
If I choose to mull it over in my head 1000 times to figure it out, at least I figured it out.
And worry is not just some annoying pain in the ass, it actually serves
Turn The Learning Into Action
Just remember each moment is ever fresh and new, so you get to have a different relationship to worry in each new moment. You get to create from what you have learned from your new strategy of learning from worry. Or you get to worry.