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WORRY!!!


Sunday, May 30, 2010

We all know that for the most part, worry is counterproductive. Ok........we know that, but, how do we stop worrying? This is one of my worst faults!!! I worry too much, and then, knowing that worrying is not going to help, I replace it with guilt over worrying!!!
Do any of you have any answers re: worrying????? Any techniques that work?????
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FLAME42 5/30/2010 10:12PM

    WORRY! As a mother and grandmother I just thought it was part of the package....Sometimes trying to make yourself understand that there is nothing left for you to do to change a situation helps you to focus on others things. Notice I said sometimes!!
Saying a prayer is probably my most used method of giving over the worry to someone more capable of handling the problem.

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SHERYLDS 5/30/2010 12:25PM

    In this day and age...worry is a fact of life, but worrying can be an advantage, if you use proactively to plan for best/worse case scenarios. In this day and age, most people I know don't have plan A or plan B for things as BASIC as a fire emergency. If you have a house...shouldn't you tell the other people what to do and where to meet outside so that you would know everyone got out? Nevermind the ton of other WHAT IFs lurking in the shadow.
The world is too complicated to leave things to chance. Use the 'discomfort' of worrying to force yourself to formulate a 'things to do in case of:' list, and watch the worry calm down.

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CAROLJEAN64 5/30/2010 11:07AM

    As I sit here, I am slowly filling with worry about how this day will go - celebrating a 50th anniversary with my daughter-in-laws parents with a DH that doesn't wait well and wants to be busy. Then I realize as you so perfectly stated that worry get me nowhere except to packing my bags for a guilt trip.
Here's what helps me. I find a quiet place... or not. I take three deep yoga breaths. In a yoga breath, you imagine your entire torso as a bucket you fill with air from the bottom up... pelvic bowl, stomach, mid chest, upper chest shoulders. Then you empty to bucket from the top down, pulling your navel toward your spine as you completely empty yourself of the stale air. Work towards making the in and out breaths 4-6 counts long. Actually this works because the vagus nerve from your diaphragm slows down the messages to the brain indicating everything is fine and to relax. Now I am off to breathe.

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