I woke up early yesterday morning after a very disappointing week and as I got up from my bed, I had my personal conversation with God in Prayer and committed my day to Him. And just when I sat down at my computer to do some blogging, the phrase ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy!’ struck a chord in my mind. So, I decided to write about it.
Have you ever been in a situation when you were anxious and troubled about something? Do you remember how you felt the preceding night when your Mortgage or Insurance Direct Debit was to go out of your account and the money to honour the transaction wasn’t there? Perhaps, how you felt when a letter came in the post requesting that you pay up the bills you owe on your credit cards or be charged to court. What about your state of mind when you got a phone call from your GP advising that you’re urgently required for a checkup to prevent a terminal illness? One common thread of reaction runs through all of these and that is the 5-lettered word called W-O-R-R-Y !
Worry is an emotional condition that develops as a result of concerns about one area of life or the other ranging from Personal, Health, Family, Work and so on. It’s a condition that threatens the peace of mind and affects one’s ability to make a good judgement or right decisions. Worry is a dangerous condition because it’s a doorway to many other vices like Fear, Stress, Nervousness, Depression, Sickness and so on. And the Medics will be quick to mention that worrying lowers the supply of Oxygen to the brain thus lowering the Immune System. We all need to make the concerted effort not to worry or give in to any anxiety because we stand to gain nothing but lose a whole lot by worrying. The Bible says, “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Instead of worrying, I’ll advise like Bobby McFerrin in his song ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy.’
“It’s very magical to know that when you choose to be happy rather than worry, you realise that ideas on how to deal with the worrying situation suddenly pops up in your head.”
How to deal with Worry?
1. Choose not to worry
One major antidote for worry is choosing not to worry. Making a conscious effort not to allow anxiety or fear into your heart regardless of the circumstance is the very first step in dealing with worry. This may sound difficult, but the result is always amazing. When worrying situations come knocking at the door of your heart, choose not to worry and choose to be happy.
2. Keep a positive state of mind
Another way is to keep a positive state of mind. People with positive attitude attract more good to themselves than people with negative attitudes. So, stay positive no matter the situation! Stay composed, cool, calm and calculated.
3. Seek for the right help
Depending on the situation, take the step to seek the right help. If you’d have to speak with someone for a negotiation or if you have to put a call across to some quarters for a chat or dialogue on how they can be of help with resolving the situation with you, then do so.
How have you been able to deal with worrying situations? I’d love to hear this in the comments below.
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