7 Things To Not Worry About

Worry kills you slowly. It makes you sick.

Things Not To Worry About

Heavy thoughts bring on physical maladies; when the soul is oppressed so is the body.

~Martin Luther

We know this. But how do we stop worrying so much?

If you would like to spend less of your time worrying, and more of it accomplishing, here are 7 things you can most definitely cross off your “worry list”.

  1. Worry about things you can't control.
  2. Worry about things you can control (since you control them, what is there to worry about?)
  3. Worry about what other people think of you (see number 1).
  4. Worry about the past (nothing you can do to change it).
  5. Worry about the future (see number 2).
  6. Worry about the unknown (um…  since you can't know it… what are you worrying about?).
  7. Worry about how you might respond to any challenge (you'll only know when you face it).

There. Burden lightened.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • Hi Ray,
    You give us a good list to work with when it comes to that lurking cloud that hovers over many of us called “worry”. 
    I just don’t think any discussion about worry is complete without what Jesus has to say about in Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  
    This would seem to say that “worry” in and of itself is spiritually bereft and could even be argued as sinful.   Yet, be that as it may, “worry” is a very common and really debilitating human emotional response to life’s responsibilities.  This is where I think if we look at the root cause of the emotion of “worry” as the fear of meeting responsibilities then we can start to build strategies to accomplish responsible action. 
    This can be accomplished with a system of identifying the problem (the worry) at hand and then developing a check list of thing to accomplish to deal with that problem until a solution if found.
    For example, let’s say I am worried about the problem of how to pay for my child’s college education. I then create a check list of actions to take which would include: exploring scholarships and grants, filling out financial aid paperwork by the deadlines, getting a better paying job, making my child go to work (my favorite) and investigating student loan options.  You work the list until you have a solution.
    That’s my take on the subject of worry.  Of course you could also do what I’m doing.
    Start a business to save the world.
    Be God’s
    Robert Miller

  • If only it was that easy to stop worrying. Had myself one of those “cabin fever” breakdowns you see in the movies a few weeks before Christmas this year.

    I’m not ashamed to admit it because I don’t feel enough people talk about the negative side of working from home. I’ve been working from home full-time for four years at this point with my sole income being copywriting.

    I have had some pretty amazing years and met a lot of interesting people too. But I have to confess that it can turn into a nightmare every once in a while. I’m my own worst enemy.

    But you are right. We all need to stop worrying. I found myself worrying about a lot of things I didn’t have control over all the time like my fiancee’s health. In the end, the way I worked through it was by admitting that there really was nothing I could do about it.

    I have found peace for myself by letting go and letting the universe handle the things I have been worrying about lately. I think it’s the only way to do it.

    I need more of that rhino thick skin you talked about in another article.