Worries Compound — Impacting Your Quality of Life: How to Stop Worrying so Much

Focus on outcomes you can control

Thomas Oppong


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Worrying is one of the worst feelings in the world.

It can feel like you’re drowning in your thoughts and worries — and it’s hard to come up for air.

Worst-case scenario thinking takes a toll on the body and brain. In the end, it becomes challenging to live in the moment or enjoy life to the fullest.

What’s the difference between a worrying habit and a normal, healthy concern? It’s not always easy to tell.

But if you find yourself worrying about things out of your control, it might be time to break the habit.

Worry makes us more anxious in the long term. It robs us of the present.

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength,” says Corrie ten Boom.

When your worry habit becomes too much, it gets in the way of a healthy life. Your quality of life suffers when your worry becomes a cycle.

When we worry, it makes us feel like everything will turn out badly.

Worst-case scenario thinking can interrupt your life and prevent you from enjoying life.

Chronic worriers don’t think about finding a solution to the obstacle or how to move forward in the most positive way possible.

The worrying brain focuses on the problem for as long as possible.

Worrying is just a way of thinking that doesn’t solve any problems and brings more stress into our lives.

Worrying can be a tough habit to break. But you can break the chain.

The first step is recognizing that it’s a problem.

Here are some techniques for breaking the worry chain:

  • Separate your worries into two: solvable and unsolvable worries. If you are worried about your health, you can make better choices to change it. If you are concerned about your finances, you can spend less or save more.
  • If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry



Thomas Oppong

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