Over the past couple of months, my small group has been reading a book called The Worry Free Life. This book takes a very systematic approach to stopping unhealthy emotions and behaviors by first examining the unhealthy thoughts that triggered them.
Why should you care about this book?
Well if you’ve been worried about the economy, your job, your health, your children, your weight, your time or anything in between, this insight from Chapter 2 could help you release your negative anxiety.
In brief, here’s the difference between healthy concern and unhealthy worry:
“When we anticipate and plan for problems that are likely to occur, we are showing concern about how life treats us…. Concern leads us to do things that improve us rather than wasting time worrying about things that we can’t do anything about…. Worry focuses on things outside ourselves, which we cannot control, and often leads us to take the wrong kind of action. Concern, on the other hand, comes from recognizing our limitations and doing what we can to make ourselves and the world better.”
So the next time you start wasting mental energy worrying about the nebulous future, catch yourself and begin to show concern for the tangible causes of stress in your life that are within your control.
One of the biggest modern-day challenges is controlling e-mail overload so check out my post on “Set E-Mail Expectations” to find out what you can do to stop letting e-mail cause you worries.
Have a brilliant day!
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