Are You a Worry Wart?
I’ve always said, Worry is a useless emotion.” It does nothing to affect the outcome of a particular trying or worrisome situation. Yet we all do it at one time or another. And some people more than others. Their worrying makes them irritable and irrational, and can even negatively impact their health.
I did a little research on the phrase “worry wart” and found that in its origin referred to a person who annoyed others by worrying loudly and constantly over nearly everything. Their worrying didn’t so much impact themselves, but it totally distressed the people around them because of their constant complaining.
When you worry, it’s usually about something that’s out of your control. You worry if your children will do well in school. You worry about your health or the health of others. You worry about what someone else said or if the weather will cooperate with your outdoor plans.
When it comes to your children, all you can do is help them to learn and grow. The rest is up to them. Worrying won’t change a thing. You can worry about your health, which you do have some control over. You can watch what you eat and drink and you can stay active. But some health concerns are out of your control. Even the most healthy people have contracted major illnesses and there’s nothing they could have done about it. And regarding the weather, just get over it. There’s absolutely nothing you can do about the weather so have a contingency plan just in case it rains on your event!
Instead of worrying, take the attitude of “What will be, will be.” There’s nothing I can do about it so I will deal with the situation when it arises, if it ever does. In most cases, your worrying will have been for nothing anyway, because we tend to fret about things that never even happen! And even if they do, your worrying would have done nothing to stop them.
So if you’re a worrier about almost everything under the sun, you’re probably making yourself a little crazy and perhaps some of the people around you as well. Decide what you have control over and take action. You’ll feel better about it. But if there’s nothing you can do about it, then stop wasting valuable energy that you could use on other more enjoyable and rewarding endeavors.