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Worry | The Battle for You

by Cindy Ratzlaff

I come from a long line of worriers.  We fret over things that have happened, will happen, might happen and even things that probably won’t happen.  It’s almost genetic.  We refer to it in our family humorously by noting “Oh, she got the worry gene.” I got the gene.

For me, obsessive worrying is a form of procrastination.  I can become fixated on a concern or fear and the worrying will bog me down and immobilize me, and ultimately keep me from taking the actions I need to take to achieve my goals.

I’m trying a new idea and thought I’d share in case there are worriers out there who also feel overwhelmed.  I created a “worry board.”  Throughout my day, whenever my worry gene kicks in and some worry rises to the surface, demanding my attention, I write it down or print it out on my computer, and I stick it up on my worry board, promising myself to give that particular worry my full attention at a later date.

For some reason this is helping me.  I’ve captured the thought or anxiety in print so I won’t forget it.  I’ve put it aside physically and emotionally. I know I can revisit it easily just by looking at the board and therefore, I’m able to move on and think about something else.

A Queen delegates and for today this Queen delegates worry to the worry board.  How do you deal with fears and worries?  Do they creep into your day to steal your time and energy?  If you have an idea, please share.  We’re all in the battle together and we’re worthy of the effort.

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2 Responses to “Worry | The Battle for You”

  1. Lynette says:

    I don’t know about this worry board, I think looking at all my worries in one place would make me worry More,lol I would rather right them in a journal and close the book!
    But I am a huge fan of the Vision board, looking at all my hopes, dreams and goals helps worry less. jmho

  2. mary says:

    I just tell myself “self, all that stuff you spent hours of energy worrying about in the past never came true. So it’s in all likelihood not going to happen now so stop listening to that inner gobln telling you this stuff. Have faith. Faith has never failed me so lets focus on that”. that helps me just shut up that constant whining voice. I too come from the worry-wart tribe. My husband who is of the never- worry tribe is also a huge positve influence in teaching me to knock it off. It never does any good and it ruins the present. I am struggling to learn to have joy in the present every day. If trouble comes we’ll deal with it. For right now lets dance!

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