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At first glance, this article title may seem a little ridiculous. How can I tell you not to worry about what’s going on in your life? I don’t know what’s happening with you or your family right now. You could be suffering through the hardest time in your entire life. However, no matter what the situation, it’s never healthy to worry excessively. All that will get you is anxiety and high blood pressure.
If you are going through a time in your life when you see no light at the end of the tunnel; if you are in a constant state of apprehension and distress about your situation: sit back and (at least try to) relax, and read this article about why you should worry a little less.
- Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom said, “Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of it’s strength”. Basically the same advice you get from your mother every time you stress too much about school or your future. You need to enjoy the present, because stressing doesn’t actually fix tomorrow, it just robs you of your happiness today. And I know that’s easy for me to say. But even if you just took 5 minutes every day to be mindful of the good in your life, you’d be on the right track. Whether that is appreciating a loved one, the nice weather, or even just appreciating the privilege having running water. Take a little time each day to be grateful. It will drastically improve your quality of life.
- The universe is unbelievably enormous, and you are so tiny in the scheme of things. I don’t want this to seem like I’m telling you that you don’t need to stress because you and your decisions don’t matter. But when trying to make what seems like a big decision, isn’t it a little bit comforting to know that sometimes it just doesn’t matter? Right now, something huge just happened to someone else in the world. Did you feel it? Did it affect you? Nope. Just be momentarily comforted that whatever you’re going through won’t make or break the world. Thank God you’re not the president. Obama doesn’t have that same luxury.
- I’d like to acknowledge that a little worrying is good. Nothing would get done if no one worried about anything. We don’t have any food? Don’t worry about it. You aren’t doing well in school? Whatever. That type of mindset doesn’t improve the world. I’m simply suggesting you worry less. I like to take on the mantra of addicts: find the serenity to accept the things you cannot change, the courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference. If you can change whatever you’re worrying about, do the best you can to make that difference. If you can’t change it, and you’re worrying just to worry, take a step back and refer to reason number one. You are not helping anyone by worrying about something you cannot change.
If you need a little help taking that five minutes a day to be mindful of the good in your life, I’d like to recommend the app Happify. It has easy meditation directions, games to improve your mood, and lets you set goals for being happier with your life. I love it and have really benefitted from it. It’s free and is worth a shot, right?
Basically, shit happens. All we can do is deal with it the best we can and then let it go. And no, you’re not the only one that just got that damn Frozen song stuck in your head…AGAIN!