Are You a Worrywart?

I’m sure it comes as absolutely no surprise, but I am a worrier. I worry about everything and I always have. I can remember being a kid and hearing my mom say, “Stop worrying about it.”

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When I’m especially troubled & there’s no way for me to physically solve the problem I find that crying or writing is the best outlet. (Or crying while I write. Hey, it happens.)

Before my wedding I remember being physically sick with worry; not about getting married, but about getting everything done in time for the wedding. I actually took days off for mental health. In hindsight, it went great and it was going to happen no matter what, but I still worried.

Sometimes I get so anxious my ears pulse. It’s actually incredibly annoying. (Does that happen to anyone else?!)

This week I’ve been worrying about my pets, other people’s pets (in this heat), my work load, the household chores, my family/friends health, parenting (keep in mind I’m not a parent…), racial issues, the safety of traveling friends, and whether or not I’ll remember to watch the TV shows on this week.

I mean, it’s fairly ridiculous. And that’s only off the top of my head. Sometimes I get the worrying under control and it’s all good, but every once in a while it just gets away from me and I become angry and prickly and frustrated with everything.

When there’s no other solution I turn to writing and quotes and the Bible. Some helpful sayings or scripture have been:

“Our anxiety does not coming from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” -Kahlil Gibran

“Don’t be anxious about anything, but pray in everything with thanksgiving. Then the uncomprehensible peace of God will guard your heart and mind in Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:6-7

“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.”

I know there are plenty of ways to deal with anxiety (yoga, breathing exercises, medication, etc.) but when it’s just a long list of “worries” I try to combat it with easier remedies.

What do you do what worry clouds your mind? Do you ever find yourself worrying about silly things or things so far out of your control it’s ridiculous? What are your coping mechanisms?

-Louise

 

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4 thoughts on “Are You a Worrywart?

  1. oh i so very much resonate with this post. i worry about a ton of things to and i’m trying to interrupt those thoughts by asking myself “can you do something about it right now? if yes, do it. if not, move away from these thoughts.” it’s helping a little.

    i especially liked your quote “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.” thanks for sharing that reminder and hang in there friend!

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    1. I try to ask myself something along those lines, too! It used to drive me crazy when my mom would simply say, “Stop worrying” but I know she just didn’t/doesn’t have my anxiety level!

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  2. I also highly relate to this, being a chronic worrier myself. Every thing I do or everything someone says to me, I question it. When things are going good, I question why and wonder why I deserve good when I see so much bad happening. Most of my worries are silly as well, for example: assuming my boyfriend got hurt at work if he does not reply to a text within an hour. Silly right? But I cant help it.

    It is true that I want more control over the future, as most of my worries involve the “What If’s”. Glad to know I am not alone in this.

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  3. You’re absolutely not alone! I get nervous when people take too long to text back, too- especially if my husband is on a trip or something! Thanks for the comment!

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