3 fundamentals for reducing worry – Part 2

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Sometimes things just fall apart – you feel powerless to do anything and there’s a cold bone chilling feeling that eats away at you day in and day out. You wish you could rest – you wish you could eat – you know you should – but you can’t.

It could be losing your job – a death of a loved one – or failing an important project or test.

Whatever it is worry is a part of daily life, regardless of who you are, what you do and where you live but here’s one thing that you can do.

Breathe and ask yourself, “is what I’m worry about, really something to worry about?”

This is the first thing you should ask, we all get into these phases where we worry about things that either do not exist or we have no control over.

Stop! breath and think deeply about this.

If the problem doesn’t exist – then why worry? These are small trivial things that no one would even look at. For example worrying that the paper you used is good quality acid free paper when you English teach only cares about you turning in a 4-5 paged essay typed. – I’ve seen something similar to this before.

If the problem is out of your control – THEY SERIOUSLY WHY WORRY? For example worrying about the US GDP or the S&P500 index price. YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THESE! So why worry? Save your energy around what you can worry about, for example your investment portfolio – you can’t control the market but you can control your exposure to the market.

If it is a real problem in your control, ask “what is the worst that can happen?”

Yes this sound insensitive but figuring out what the worst that can happen, accepting it and then working to improve that situation is the only thing you can actually do.

For example the market crashed – whats the worst that can happen? You cannot retire at the age you want to because your savings is now gone. Okay, accept this as fact and think what can you do now? You can start saving again and reducing expenses that you don’t really need.

Its going to take some effort, and positive thinking it but hey its very useful!

Key Takeaways

  1. Stop and breath
  2. Find out if the problem is an actual problem that you can solve
  3. If it is, find out what the worst that can happen
  4. After you know what the worst that can happen is – plan from there, set SMART goals
  5. Work towards your new goals
  6. Get some rest

Stay tuned for Fundamental 3 in the coming posts. If you missed Fundamental 1 following the link here: 3 fundamentals for reducing worry – Part 1

This technique was based off of Dale Carnegie’s book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

If you like this post or find it useful, please leave a like and share – feel free to leave a comment.

You can check out Dale Carnegie’s Book in the following link: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

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