Stopping the worry--How thats easier said than done--and tips on how to worry less
WHAT IS WORRY?
Worry is something that we all do. Not one person that reads this article will be immune to worry. Yes, some people worry "more", but overall, we all worry to some extent. Sometimes we worry about how much money we have in the bank account, or we worry about what clothes we will wear.
The dictionary defines worry as: allowing one's mind to dwell on difficulty or struggles.
Worry can be compared to the picture above...you can look at what is in the glass orb. Focus only on what is in the view of the orb and let your stress overwhelm you. But what are you missing? Everything on the outside the orb. Worry narrows our focus so that we cannot see the positive things that are happening around us. We only focus on the negative things that we usually cannot control, and fail to concentrate on the things we can.
Something that is very common within the realm of Alcoholics Anonymous, which hinges on 12 steps to sober living, is a common prayer that is said before every meeting called the serenity prayer. It goes as follows: