Today on the Vibe Shifting Show we’re talking about worrying – how to tell if worrying is a problem or not, and we’re also going to go over several strategies for coping with worrying. On the one hand, worrying isn’t always a bad thing because it can keep you alert and on your toes; it can act as a catalyst that spurs you into action and help you avoid negative situations. On the other hand, however, too much worrying can really do a number on your both your mental and physical health. Today’s podcast episode is all about knowing where to draw the line between helpful and harmful worrying and figuring out how to cope with a worry habit.
The first thing to understand when it comes to worrying is that if it helps you to accomplish something and then subsides again once the problem at hand has been dealt with, it’s not a bad thing. But if you’re constantly in worry mode, always thinking about worst-case scenarios and chronically anxious about all the bad thoughts you’re spinning, then this is a bad thing. How can you possible feel good about life or feel like you can accomplish anything worthwhile if you’re always thinking about what might go wrong?
Luckily, worrying is just another mental habit. And habits can be changed. It’s just a matter of shifting your thoughts. So with that in mind, listen in to today’s episode as I share five effective strategies for coping with worrying that you can start using today to help kick that worry habit!
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Great podcast, Nathalie!
I am wondering about how to deal with people whose actions affect you directly. For example, you were very lucky in that, after your father’s passing, his estate was specifically left to you and he made his wishes clear. In some cases, the parents do not leave a will and leave the kids with debts and stuff to take care of on their own. Not only that, there are relatives involved who want things and, explicitly state that, out of spite, they want to see you suffer and your downfall, because, according to them, they suffered when they married into the family. I know, it is quite psychotic, but cousins are attracted to psychos. So, you can’t sell them the property, even though you could have sold it to them in the past, but your parents told you not to because you would get duped. But now, you are facing even more complicated circumstances in a country where the courts do not operate in the Western style, nor are relatives reasonable or wish to help you out.
So, what I am asking is, how can you not worry? I guess just leave it to the universe to straighten everything out. It does know what you want, after all. If you are inspired to take some sort of action, then you’d do so. If not, being still sometimes is the best way to go about something. I have done so in the past and things worked out for themselves. So, maybe the best thing to do is not get frazzled or worried, but to just be calm and cool and let things work out on their own. You give up on what you will gain from the situation (the money which will come in other ways) and you focus on your freedom from awful people. Their spite has not power over you and has to do with their insecurity and plight than with you.
Sounds like you just worked it out on your own… 🙂
When I realize that my worrying has slid into that problematic-rather-than-helpful area, what I try and do is use some relaxation techniques to try and calm myself down. Or I put on some really upbeat music or watch a comedy show (I’m partial to Big Bang Theory) to distract myself from what I’m worrying about. Sometimes just distancing myself from the problem, even for just a little while, is enough to make the worry less overpowering. When that doesn’t work, I try to reframe things (“Will this really matter five years from now?”).
Sometimes, when I’m really stressed out about something, I’ll actually talk to the Universe. Out loud. Or just write a stream of consciousness letter to the Universe, saying all the things I’m worried about and why. And then I add in what I’d really like to happen — how I want the situation to turn out. I just write until I’m not so stressed anymore. It seems to help, but I’m not sure why — maybe it’s a way of just letting everything out and handing it over to the Universe to deal with. Might be something to try, and if you do, please let me know how it works out — I’d be curious to see if it works for other people, too. 🙂
Yes, I have tried that before and it did work! But I thought this was another type of situation. Actually, no situation is too big or small for the universe, our heavenly parent, so I will have it over to the universe to take care of it. It is way too big for me and I fret over it way too much.
This was nice! 🙂
Glad to hear it’s worked for you in the past! Maybe give it a try with your present situation, too — worry is worry, no matter what the source. 🙂