Do you realize that an average person spends 1 to 8 hours a day worrying!
We think about the past, the future, both of which are made-up stories which affect us physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Worrying is exhausting. One thought leads to another and the cycle never ends. We can become depressed, anxious or both.
Fortunately, worry can be minimized!
The first step is finding your triggers… Is it related to the past or to the future. We never worry in the present moment because in the NOW, there is no time for worry. We are paying attention to life as it is, not as we think it should have been or how we think it will be. So take a look, are you a worrier that has guilt, shame, or feels inadequate for something in the past? Or are you anxious for an event in the future, which you have no control over?
The second step is simply to let go. Find ways to reduce your worry and stress. Develop a personal stress strategy to bring your mind back into the NOW. One way to do this is to simply notice your pattern that has you stuck in the past or future, and bring your attention back to your breath. Try this…. Start thinking about something, really give it your all and leave nothing back. Consider an event which has you anxious or depressed for a moment with your full attention. Next, immediately pay attention your breath, simply follow it. Watch your inhales and exhales without trying to control them and without judgement or expectation. Simply notice them. Observer your mind’s desire to bring you back to the event you are worrying about. As this happens, let it go and keep bringing your attention back to your breath. Notice how it is impossible to both pay attention to breath and indulge thoughts of the past or future.
Your breath is your ally. Use it or some other technique to be in the NOW, and stop worrying!