When a person experiences worry, he is usually distressed or troubled about something that has happened, or he is anxious about something that he thinks might happen. In both instances, his mental faculties are in overdrive, and he allows himself to focus on negativity. He engages in self-talk, convincing himself of the worst possible outcomes. He harbors negative thoughts until they affect his thinking and other areas of his life.
When worry takes up residence in a person’s mind, it is not satisfied residing alone. It brings company with it, determined to take possession of that person’s being. It brings with it depression, anger, bitterness, hopelessness, sadness, just to name a few. Not only that, it affects the person’s body. It causes aches and pains, stress, sleeplessness, nervousness, and more severe illnesses. The progression of worry is subtle, but if not dealt with, it flourishes. It is not satisfied until it saturates that person’s entire being.
It is easier to deal with worry in the initial stages. A person may not have control over the events that occur, but he has control over his perception of the events. He may not be able to predict the future, but when the future rolls into the present, he can control his responses.
When worry knocks at his door, that person has to decide whether to allow it to enter, and if he does open the door to it, he is the only one who can insist that it leaves. The longer he allows worry to linger, the more at home worry becomes. If the person is not careful, worry will take control, an inch at a time.
It would be all right to worry if worry changed things. However, worry has never changed a situation; it only saps a person’s energy, energy that could be used in ways that are more productive.
If you find yourself worrying about a situation, decide that you will evict it from your life. Find someone to talk to, pray, change your perception about the situation, take positive actions, etc. in order to rid yourself of the negative thoughts. Don’t allow worry to reside in your life. If you do, you will find that one day it will become the landlord, dictating the state of your mental, emotional and physical health.