There’s a proverb that says ‘Perpetual worry will get you to one place ahead of time – the cemetery.’ It sounds intense, but stressing out over every little thing puts strain on your body, which could lead to a heart attack or stroke if you’re not careful. So here’s how to put a stop to your worries. Courtesy of Larina Kase, who wrote the book Anxious 9 to 5.
- If you’re worried about work. Turn your fears into action. For example, let’s say you always get nervous about speaking in front of your boss during meetings. Instead of letting your fear take over your life, do something about it. Practice in front of the mirror the night before your speech, or ask your spouse or your kids to be your audience so they can give you feedback. Not only will practicing give you confidence, but taking control of any situation helps to keep your worries in check.
- If you’re worried about having too many commitments. Start saying NO! That’s the word from Dr. Al Siebert. He says the more commitments you make, the less likely it is that you’ll do any of them well. So start being picky with what you say ‘yes’ to. If you’ve agreed to make cookies for the school bake sale, say no to running the soccer carpool. You’ll feel a lot less stressed if you whittle your to-do list.
- If you’re worried about getting older. Do something challenging. Getting older is part of life, so stop examining your face for new wrinkles and start enjoying yourself. Make a list of all the things you’ve always wanted to try – like running a 5K race or learning Spanish – and start doing them. As you check things off your list, you’ll find that experiencing life is much more fun than worrying about how old and wrinkled you are.