“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” – Walter Hagen
To be human is to worry. Yet what value does worrying really bring us? Not only does worrying not offer much in way of value, it can actually be damaging and debilitating in a number of ways. Here why you should believe always in yourself and stop worrying today:
Worrying Wastes the Here and Now
Most often, worry comes in the form of worrying about the future and what it holds. It may also come in the form of worrying about and dwelling on the past. Either way, worry wastes the only thing we actually have control of – the present. Let go of the past and let the future take care of itself. Instead, enjoy the here and now.
Worrying Accomplishes Nothing
No problem has ever been resolved by worrying about it. Yes, forming a plan of action is important, but worrying about and dwelling on the outcome is not. Worry isn’t constructive, and by reason of uselessness alone it should be avoided.
The Future is Constantly Changing
Why worry about something that may not even be an issue when time comes about? The future is fluid and impossible to predict. With that being the case, there’s no sense worrying about something that may never even happen. Or, even if it does happen, circumstances and situations might have changed to the point that it is no longer an issue. We just don’t know what the future holds, so there’s no reason to worry about it.
Worry is Unhealthy
According to WebMD, worry can cause a long list of physical symptoms including fatigue, headaches, irritability, nausea, and shortness of breath, just to name a few. Not only is worrying not good for your mental functioning, it can have real, tangible consequences on your body as well. Worst of all, worry can be a cause of stress, which is linked to an even longer list of physical symptoms. Suffice it to say, then, that worry is an incredibly unhealthy habit.
Worry Destroys Confidence
Confidence is one of the most valuable attributes a person can have. According to Psychology Today, “Confidence is the most important psychological contributor to performance in the business world.” It could also easily be argued that confidence is equally important in every other aspect of our lives as well. Worry, though, destroys confidence by inviting in self-doubt and forcing us to dwell on what could go wrong rather than on what could go right. While worry offers no value itself, it does destroy something that offers tons of value. Protect your confidence and stop letting worry damages it.
90% of What We Worry About Never Happens
This world certainly provides plenty of things to worry about, but never has worrying about them actually done someone any good. By recognizing how little worth worrying has and how much damage it can actually cause, we can begin to worry less and approach our problems in a more constructive, useful way. The next time you find yourself starting to worry about something, consider how little good it does and let your worries disappear.