What, Me Worry?

by Sharon Hopkins

When you visit a home for physically challenged patients, the first thing that you would notice is the caregivers bustling about! Bathing, cleaning up, serving timely meals with oodles of TLC and tackling temper tantrums are just part of their daily responsibilities. Despite the constant commotion, these overburdened caregivers are still cheerful and caring and seem to have little or no worries. They aren't ever worried about how little they earn or complain about how much work they have to do.

To fear, to panic, and to be anxious is an indispensable attribute of being human! Any kind of work, whether it is cleaning your home, tackling employees as a manager or simply walking your dog can cause worry. Worrying about a lost wallet, a business presentation, or a stalking maniac is justified and sometimes necessary, as it will goad you to take prompt action. However, worrying about what your colleague is thinking about your new office attire, worrying about doing the groceries by Friday, or about purchasing that fancy new sedan in 3 years are all going to wear you out sooner than you can imagine. Who said only the poor worry about getting rich and securing a more comfortable lifestyle? The rich worry too... about keeping their coffers full and their safes secure and protected. The fair maiden worries about fairer maidens and the not-so-fair maiden about her curly locks and acne skin! The little ones worry about getting their hands on the latest video games and adults worry about visiting the expensive restaurants their neighbors frequent.

Worrying affects your health in more than one way and studies have repeatedly highlighted how happy people live longer because they find joy in everything they do. Worrying makes your heart beat faster, makes you irritable, nervous, dizzy, and unable to concentrate on the task at hand.

  • So, how can you stop worrying about the trivialities and focus on living a more meaningful life? The answer is simple: follow the caregiver's example! Given below are a few tips to get those endorphins flowing: No man can live as an island -Loneliness can be more detrimental than smoking and doing drugs! Let not ego stop you from imbibing the good qualities you observe in people. Make an effort to stay in contact with close friends, family and neighbors.
  • A word from the wise - Spend more time with your grandparents or invest time interacting with senior citizens at an old age home. Research suggests that people above the age of 50 years are happier than younger folks. Let the wise talk you into happiness.
  • Read - It is said that the best way to remove fear is to gain knowledge and understanding. Read magazines, feature articles, autobiographies, inspirational books and learn the different strategies people used to drive away their worries and lead more fulfilling lives.
  • Have a worry period - If you are plagued by 'what-if's' throughout the day, then select a worry period. This is a specific time during your day for you to do nothing else but worry! That way you postpone your worries for a later time and you can use this time to come up with solutions. If it is something important that needs to be dealt with, then maybe you could write it down and go over the list during the worry period.
  • Give without cringing or expecting anything in return - The more you expect people to repay you the good deed you did to them, the more anxious, and worried and distrusting you will become of people. An angel will always come to you when you least expect it to!
  • Fill your mind with positive thoughts and emotions - They push you to build on what you have.

Remember you just have one life! Why waste it worrying about how miserable it is or how much better it could have been! Make it an enjoyable journey for you and your loved ones! Carpe diem!

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