“Wendy, are you ready?” my friend asked, her voice shaky with worry.
“Ready for what?” I wondered what pending catastrophe was she worried about now.
“Ready for that huge storm that is due to hit us in five days! Haven’t you watched the weather? Today I bought ten gallons of water, two dozen batteries, and a case of soup. You’d better hurry, ‘coz there won’t be any food left by the time you get to the market.”
Even though we can’t control the economy or the weather, lots of people agonize and worry over what might happen.
Stress and worry about stuff you have no control over is a huge waste of your time and energy. Worse, it can lead to overeating, headaches, stomach aches, and other physical stuff.
ARE YOU GLUED TO THE WEATHER CHANNEL?
If you are expecting bad weather you might notice thoughts like:
I’m afraid we are going to lose power.
What if we run out of food and water?
If worry and stress results in buying everything you need, that’s great. But you are still glued to the Weather Channel, wringing your hands, maybe it’s time to change your thoughts and reduce your anxiety and worries.
STOP STRESS AND WORRY
I’m not advocating that you change your thoughts and stop doing things to keep you safe. But if you already have six months of food and water stashed in your basement, worrying is a pointless activity.
In spite of this, some people like to immerse themselves in worry and anxiety. Especially about the weather. Maybe it’s their comfort zone. Maybe it’s the only way they know how to respond.
You can learn new things, like new ways to think. You have no control over the weather, however you DO HAVE CONTROL over your thoughts.
CHOOSE YOUR THOUGHTS
How DO you want to feel about the upcoming hurricane? Angry? Frustrated? Worried? Detached? Safe? Calm? Relaxed?
Let’s say you have decided that you want to feel calm and safe. (I can’t imagine you’d want to feel anything else.) What you will be doing, is replacing that old thought with a new, improved thought. From this moment forward, every time you become aware of a worry or an anxious thought, imagine you are releasing that thought and then say to yourself:
“It would be great if we are safe during the hurricane.”
The trick is to keep reinforcing your new thought all day.
In the beginning you might feel as if you are repeating that statement dozens of times. It doesn’t take long until your inner mind begins to get the concept that you really want to feel safe and calm. The fact is, you can choose to stay with your worries or replace those with thoughts about HOW YOU WANT TO FEEL.
When you do this, you’ll reduce your stress and worry. Guaranteed.