What is the antidote to worry? We are all discussing ideas for this antidote and where to find it. Here are the top answers we came up with.
While anxiety is a synonym for worry, there have always been differences for me. Anxiety is the paralyzing fear and worry nags at your brain and wears you down.
My friend A. Supple has written a couple of books of short thoughts that she composes from her rocking chair each morning as she watches the sun come up. In one of her books, she noted “worry must work because all the things I worry about don’t happen.” You can get a copy of Alma’s latest book here.
While Alma’s thought always makes me chuckle at the things I make up to worry about, I also realize that I need to fill my thoughts with something else.
The Antidote to Worry is Work
Gordon Hinkley said;
“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served”
So when life is worrisome or overwhelming, put on your garden gloves and go pull some weeds. Here is a great place to start your gardening adventure with something as simple as a pot of dirt.
I’m betting we won’t have to look very far to find someone who needs us to worry with them. It can’t hurt to give it a try!
The Antidote to Worry is Gratitude
Some people have said that when they can’t get all the “what if’s” out of their head, they spend 2 minutes writing down everything (and everyone) they are grateful for. Most say it carries them through until their optimism can catch up.
I really like this antidote to worry. I love the idea of meditating for 2 minutes but when I am in worry-mode, sitting still and calming myself is impossible. This gives my mind a clear path and my fingers something to do. I also add in a short prayer of thanks for all those amazing blessings.
Validate Your Fears
Try giving yourself 30 seconds to vent to yourself and then face those fears and get on with life.
My mom was the best worrier ever. She could find some horrible scenario for anything and then lay awake all night making it worse. Mom was also the one that all the neighbors called in an emergency.
A filly caught in a barbed-wire fence? Call Nina
A man almost severing his thumb while home alone? Call Nina
A child with a high fever and an hysterical mother? Call Nina
Why? Well partly because she was home during the weekday, but mostly because she was so cool under pressure. She would give herself 15-30 seconds to completely freak out and then cooly answer the person on the other end of the phone with a solution to the problem. Mostly, this happened internally but sometimes her cover face slipped and we could see. Later, she confirmed to me that this was how she held it together under pressure.
Ok friends! What is your best antidote to worry?