Worry is a misuse of imagination ~ Dan Zadra
The mind can be a useful survival tool that helps figure out the best ways to interact in a world of increasing complexity.
It assists you to:
However, this same vital capability that keeps you alive and thriving can have a glitch that causes you to overthink and worry. Worry is not always a bad thing but it certainly takes awareness and determination to maintain a balanced perspective and to know when it is too much.
As worry takes over, it can suck your energy, cause foggy thinking, and distract your focus from the present moment. When you are either remembering the past with regret or longing or projecting into future with fear or anticipation, you are unable to take any conscious or meaningful action in your life today.
And “today” is what heals the past and seeds success and happiness in the future!
When worry takes over, the amygdala that is a more primitive, reactive part of your brain that is responsible for your survival and safety, activates the fight or flight responses in your body. It is loud enough to talk over from your higher thinking capabilities.
Repetitive worry can create frozen responses to everyday situations that normally operate on autopilot. So, just going to the dentist, shopping for groceries, driving your car, going to work can become energy-draining events.
When worry keeps you up at night and generates anxiety in your life, it can have devastating effects on your well-being, your relationships, and your ultimate happiness.
In order to beat the overthinking and worry gene kicking in, here are some practical steps you can take to change the track of your thoughts:
From a more heart-based, loving perspective, let the source of your worry be dissolved with:
When life experiences seem overwhelming and fear-inducing, use the above techniques to help release the story of the dire outcomes that your imagination is feeding you.
Step through, use the tools and find freedom for living life on a bigger stage when you do.
See possibilities where fear existed so you can step off the spiral of stress and move into your power – It is who you really are…
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