Starting to Untangle Worrying

Welcome to Day 4 of the 3rd Starting to Untangle Draining Habits 7-day Challenge.

Over 7 days, we are bringing awareness to different habits that cause undue stress, suffering or anxiety in our lives. At the end of each post, we share with you one simple step you can take to start to untangle the draining habit.

So far we have brought awareness to self-criticismprocrastination and labels.

Today we are going to focus on the habit of worrying.

So let’s get started…

Draining Habit #4: Worrying

If you are a habitual worrier, you may already be familiar with the following definitions of worrying –

  • “causing anxiety about actual or potential problems; alarming.” ~ Google and Oxford Dictionaries
  • to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret ~
  • “To feel uneasy or concerned about something; be troubled ~ The Free Dictionary

In the above definitions of worrying, you probably noticed the words –

  • uneasy, torment, and
  • actual or potential problems.

Is there anything you would add to these definitions of worrying?


Challenge: Starting to Untangle Worrying –

As you are going through life today, notice when you are worrying yourself. When you notice what you are worrying about, write the worries down (e.g. who or what are you worried about?).

At the end of the day, reflect on the list of worries and check to see if you have control over the worries. As you are reflecting, make sure you remember your self-compassionAnd remember –

“Ain’t no sense worryin’ about the things you got control over, ’cause if you got control over ’em, ain’t no sense worryin’. And ain’t no sense worryin’ about the things you don’t got control over, ’cause if you don’t got control over ’em, ain’t no sense worryin’.” ~ Mickey Rivers

Now you have this awareness, what is your next step? Feel free to share any insights in to your reflection below or on our Facebook page here.


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