Don’t think too much – you’ll only create problems that didn’t exist before!

Don’t think too much

Don't think too much - you'll only create problems that didn't exist before!
Don’t think too much – you’ll only create problems that didn’t exist before!

You’ve probably heard the saying don’t think too much, or you’ll create problems that didn’t exist before! It seems like common sense, right? You can go overboard with analysis, worrying, and stress that you don’t even need in the first place! Unfortunately, too many people live their lives by this phrase to its word – most of the time to no avail.

When we worry, we actually make things worse

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I’m not sure exactly why worriers are more prone to getting sick, but I have a theory. We often spend so much time fretting about something bad happening (or replaying something bad that happened in our heads) that we can actually get physically sick. When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, my dad got really stressed out and wound up getting lymphoma as well; apparently, stress is like a poison to your immune system. (Or maybe his lymphoma just coincided with her treatment? Either way, don’t believe every story you hear.) The point is: Worrying will not prevent things from happening.

Many times, our worry stems from past experiences

a job layoff, an illness, or financial struggles. Fears can be paralyzing, and getting caught up in our worries often prevents us from living life to its fullest. In order to avoid feeling anxious over a future outcome, we need to recognize our triggers and work to stop negative thoughts in our tracks. Here are a few steps you can take today to stop worrying and start living your best life

Another reason we worry so much is our parents taught us how to do it

When we’re kids, our parents are our role models and sources of both comfort and fear. And from a very young age, they teach us to worry. Sometimes it’s because they’re worried themselves: They might be concerned about their own lives, or maybe they’re anxious about how we’ll turn out as adults. But more often than not, they’re simply teaching us to follow what is often considered a good rule: You always want to leave yourself and out. That way, if something bad happens—like flunking your calculus test—you can tell yourself that it wasn’t all bad because you still have options open. Of course, planning for every eventuality isn’t always possible or desirable. Sometimes it’s better to live in blissful ignorance.

The solution is obvious but hard to implement: stop worrying

We all have moments of uncertainty and fear. The key is not to let them get in your way by keeping your head in a positive space, because positive thinking gets good things happening. Your thoughts shape your future—if you are constantly worried, there’s a reason for it. Don’t think too much—your solution will come with time. Let go of these obstacles; don’t hold yourself back from happiness and success.

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Worrying affects your health

Research has shown that worrying affects your health, increasing blood pressure and heart rate. The negative thinking associated with worry can also cause stress to build up in your body, leading to digestive issues like nausea and diarrhea. At its worst, constant worrying can be a symptom of depression or anxiety disorders. So if stress is a common issue for you, take steps now to try and reduce your worries; there are lots of things we can all do to help our minds chill out.

Worrying takes up your time and energy

Are you constantly worried about things going wrong? Do you feel like nothing is ever good enough and that there’s always something new to be worried about? If so, it’s important to take note of how much time and energy is spent on worrying. Chances are, when all is said and done, worry will have consumed a substantial portion of your day. So if excessive worrying has become a problem for you or for someone close to you, please seek professional help. I’ve personally helped many people with their worries (and most issues) by offering coaching in two-hour sessions every week. You don’t have to struggle alone!

It’s better to focus on progress than on perfection

Always try to do better than yesterday, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t live up to your previous standards. No one was ever born amazing at something – we all have to work hard to become great at something. If you beat yourself up every time you don’t achieve your goals, then it won’t take long for your progress to start coming to a halt. Every day is a new chance for progress – choose which mistakes from yesterday will help motivate you for today.

What are your tips for stopping yourself from worrying?

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All of us worry sometimes, but learning to stop can make a big difference in our lives. Learning how to stop worrying isn’t easy but it is possible. Start by recognizing that your worry doesn’t serve any purpose; it just adds an extra layer of stress and frustration to your life, robbing you of time and energy you could be using for other things. Next time a stressful thought or idea pops into your head, try replacing it with something else. If all else fails, distract yourself by turning off your work computer and going for a walk or simply listening to music for ten minutes or so.

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