How to Eliminate Worry from Your Life

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Written from a tiny Starbucks table in Las Vegas

[stag_intro]Being on the road, there are a million and one things I could be worrying about right now. [/stag_intro]

Finances, RV troubles, and any type of security just to name a few. Some days my worries catch up with me and damper my day. But more often than not I’ve found some really common methods for getting over the constant worry and angst of every day life. What I use is simple, and anyone can do it. If you’re finding that stress is getting the better of your work life and home life, I recommend you try some of the following.

The first step in eliminating worry from your life is identifying what your worries are. Most people are worried about things and they don’t even realize what is stressing them out.

Step one, write it down. Write down everything that is stressing/worrying you. List it all out and then you will have a full list of worries in front of you. Don’t filter what comes out. Write down everything that comes to your mind. Some days I’ve had worries I didn’t even realize. Some days my list took up an entire page. None the less, this step is crucial to getting rid of your worry.

Next step is to rationalize your worry. Ask yourself the question, “Why am I worried about this?”. Often times you will quickly realize that your worry is very irrational. It’s really not that bad. You’re letting something bother you that doesn’t really matter. For some of your worries this method will automatically eliminate them.

[stag_intro]The enemy of worry is pen and paper. Once a fear/worry is realized, it becomes very easy to get rid of. [/stag_intro]

For all of your worries that cannot be easily rationalized, the next step is to ask yourself, What is the worst that could happen?” Truly ask yourself what is the worst that could happen in your situation. Write down the worst case scenario. 

Now comes the important part- accept the worst. Close your eyes and imagine the worst has truly happened and accept that fate. It’s not easy to do, but it’s worth it in the end to eliminate worry in your life.

Once you can accept the worst, here comes the good. Write down a method or strategy in which you can improve the worst. How could you possibly strive to make that situation better? What are some practical steps you could take that would improve on the worst case scenario?

Once you realize there is an action to take, you will immediately feel more at ease. There is a clear direction you’ve created. Now you have guidance. Half of your worries are now gone.

If you want to completely eradicate what is left of your fear, here comes the last and most important step.

[stag_intro]Take action.[/stag_intro]

Begin to live out your practical strategy for making the situation better. You will no longer have to sit around and worry about the worst that can happen because in your mind, it already has.

If you spend your time improving the situation, you won’t have time to worry about it. 

I hope this has been helpful and practical for anyone dealing with worry right now. I know being on the road and living a hectic life, this is something I use on a daily/weekly basis. It’s made all the difference in living a stress free life.

Usually the worst that can happen is not that bad. And if it is, then we as humans have a brilliant capacity to bounce back from life’s disasters. You’re going to be fine.

[stag_intro]”I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain[/stag_intro]