“Worry is a misuse of the imagination”

“Worry is a misuse of the imagination” – Unknown.

I shared this picture on my Instagram a while back, but now it has an even deeper meaning.  Currently, there’s a ton of uncertainty around the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  It’s unpredictable and its wreaking havoc on our lives.

Photo Credit: Decor from a local church in my area

Amid all the chaos, I’m reminded of Matthews 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day had enough trouble.”

I keep encouraging myself to just take it one day at a time, bit by bit.

Here are 5 strategies to reduce worry:

1) Prayer and meditation

The saying is true, mindset is everything!

Praying has a way of easing worries, combating doubts and grounding you in moments of anxiety. 

2) Journal – Write it out

Face your worries head on by writing them down.  Write down the things that worry you.  In doing so, it will allow you to also think of potential solutions to your problems. 

For example, I recently acknowledged that I am worried about my kids falling behind now that schools are closed due to the spread of the Coronavirus.  Essentially, I gave a voice to my worry so that it’s voice wouldn’t stay on repeat in my mind.  Acknowledge the things that worry you then move on from there.

3) Gratitude Journal

“Start each day with an attitude of gratitude”

Unknown

I have a gratitude section in my daily planner and I also have a separate gratitude journal.  I use this as an opportunity to write down what I am thankful for.  I will also revisit past days and reflect on blessings, opportunities, and experiences that brought me joy.   

4) Counter Negative Thoughts

Let’s be honest, sometimes we get caught up in our thoughts.  The goal is to counter those anxious thoughts with positive thoughts.  When you find yourself starting to worry, recite scripture, listen to uplifting music, or journal.  Intentionally think positive when you find yourself cycling in worry. 

5) Let it Out

Crying is OK! As a mom, I will allow my kids to have a one-minute meltdown (depending on the circumstances).  The same is true for us.  Worry tends to lead to anxiety.  Find ways to release the worry and release the stress.

“The reality is, stress is a common part of life no matter who we are or what we do.  No one is exempt from life’s hardships and/or challenges.  Our response to, or ability to deal with, challenges determines the level of stress situation cause.”

Check out the blog “4 Ways to Reduce Stress” by Career Mom Community

I hope that you found this helpful. What are some of the ways that you deal with worry?


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