- Worry and anxiety together are one of the eight tentacles of fear that I mentioned last week. Worry can turn your stomach into knots and anxiety can fog up your mind. So how do we get ourselves here in the first place? What starts as a single concern can tumble into worry.
When I worry, the concern gets into a loop in my head that is on repeat auto pilot. It became all that I focus on and its takes a toll: stomach ache, neck pain and head ache. It has been said what we focus on we become. For me, that is “worry wart.” Warts are ugly aren’t they, worry is no different. The spiral of worry into anxiety spins faster and faster that we are become stymied by our repeated thoughts.
Where worry nibbles at our self esteem and confidence; anxiety takes big chunks. It strains us physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Suzy Prudden stated, “Your body is your vehicle for life. As long as you are here, live in it. Love, honor, respect and cherish it, treat it, and it will serve you in kind.”
It makes me think why do we let worry and anxiety control us when it pounds our bodies. Anxiety is the extreme slide from worry. It can dive us into sleeplessness, fogginess and panic attacks. Whoever said, Woo hoo, horray a panic attack is on its way. I think not. Worry and anxiety drains our spirit of its energy, blocks our perspective, and taints our view of life. Why can’t we see the toll and the detriments? Worry and Anxiety always hungers for more.
I don’t always see that my concern has slid into worry until my husband points it out. I am too close to the situation. I try to see a solution and instead wallow in the worry. I cannot always see the outcome or nor control it.
Practice with me…deep breath, breathe out. Let go, let it be, let God.
“to every action there is always opposed an equal reaction,” said Sir Isaac Newton.
So now let’s take steps to reverse worry and anxiety’s impact.
- Compartmentalize. Deal with today and not tomorrow.
- Changing our perspective by even a few degrees can change our trajectory in life.
- Say no to worry. Let Thy will be done.
- Patience can help us through repeated lessons until we learn them.
- Stop the loop and change the message. Concern is one thing, worry and anxiety is much different and more serious.
- Surrender to the peace. We cannot control every aspect.
Amelia Earhart once stated, “Courage is the price life exacts for granting peace.”
So no matter what the concern, it is time to lessen the grasp of fear’s tentacles. We need to surrender to a power that is mightier than ourselves.
“Surrender doesn’t obstruct our power; it enhances it,” Marianne Williamson, author.
Do as the Buddha, learn to let go, so we can go after happiness.
Let go, let it be, and Let God. In time, we can be free.
Part II, Remember …Don’t Be Done in…Lose the Fear