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Why Worry?

Friday, May 11, 2012

I have been talking with a family member. She is depressed with life. She is going through a divorce and having job troubles. I have been in the same position. Well no, I have never been divorced. However, I have had job troubles, teenagers who caused a lot of emotional upheaval...blah blah blah! I am a Christian. I always have a hand to lead me. Other may not have the same belief.

Some of the negative thoughts that we pay attention to are related to worrying about the future or resenting the past. I have found that there is absolutely no benefit of worry. It will not change the outcome of the future or change the past.

My success with worry and anxiety is exercise. This is the advice I gave. Will she follow through with my advice? I am not certain. There is evidence that exercise does help. Physical activity is one of the best ways to dispel anxiety because it balances hormone levels. According to a study people who exercise 30 to 60 minutes experience a similar level of anxiety relief as people taking anti-anxiety medications who don't exercise. This is great advice because I certainly do not need to take anymore meds.

Go down to the beach before the tide comes in,
And write your worries on the sand.
Then watch the ocean come in and wash them away.

Maithri Goonetilleke

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    Worry is so non productive. Yet knowing that does not relieve it at times. Thank you for the advice to exercise. Another great reason I need to do it. I just wrote a blog that ties in with this and another way to overcome worry. Thanks for this blog.
    1716 days ago
    Youa re so right. I struggle with this because I have been a world class worrier most of my life, if not all. It is something that I contend with daily...
    1769 days ago
    I agree..I find that my walks really help to improve my mindset.....
    1775 days ago
    Love it! emoticon
    1777 days ago
    Don't Worry. Be Happy!

    1779 days ago
    Exercise helps enormously ..I like your background picture emoticon
    1779 days ago
    Wonderful blog and great advice!
    1779 days ago
    Great quote and great blog!
    1779 days ago
    Wonderful advice! I have a friend who does not worry about anything, either----she says there's no point to it, because you usually can't change the outcome, anyway. You two are smart ladies! I wish I could be so trusting. I am a Christian, too, and I am ashamed to admit that I don't trust God in handling all the circumstances in my life. I need to be more trusting.

    Thanks so much for being a light to others!

    BTW, I loved that quote! In fact, I'm going to write that one down so I'll be sure to remember it!

    1779 days ago
    great blog! i love exercise because its the only time my brain actually turns off and i can just relax. i know a lot of people dont like to exercise but its so good to see it as you taking time for you and we all derseve this. i hope your friend takes your advice
    1780 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    I couldn't agree more...exercise is great for making one feel better!
    1780 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Exercise has always worked to make me feel better. Guess thats why I do so much and love it! I hope your family member can take the first step! Also, talk therapy would be very helpful as they can teach coping strategies. No need to go to meds unless a last resort.

    1780 days ago
    Great blog!!! I garden and it takes a lot of thoughts away and focuses on weeds. There are plenty of those...The Lord bless and keep you! I pray that she may find what works for her and turn to the Lord.
    1780 days ago
    I totally agree. After the physical exercise else, follow up with doing something good for someone else. Gets your mind totally off your own problems.
    1780 days ago
    Like you, I have had God to hold me steady during troubles. Where would we be without Him? I'll pray for your family as they try to find answers.

    I also agree about exercise....It does help me.Sendings hugs your way.
    1780 days ago
  • D-ABBY
    emoticon emoticon emoticon for your family member, and for you as you minister to her.
    1780 days ago
    It is indeed great advice. & exercise is an excellent de-stresser and helps with depression.
    1780 days ago
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