As a planner and professional worrier, it can be hard to allow things to just happen. Not being able to control a situation is scary and stressful. I am truly learning what it means to let go and let God. There are so many things that could go wrong and so many things that I’ll never be able to control. As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to learn that worrying about everything I can’t control gets me nowhere. When I’m feeling these doubts, anxieties, and worries come up, here are some things I now tell myself to avoid a melt down.
Do these thoughts serve me?
Does all of this overthinking and anxiety serve a good purpose in my life? Am I overthinking and worrying for no reason? If these thoughts are only causing more anxiety and more overthinking, I need to push them away. Thoughts come and we can’t always control them, but we can control what we do with those initial thoughts. I choose to acknowledge them and let them go when they do not serve me.
Stop.Breathe.Enjoy the now.
So often I am focusing on the “what’s next” mindset. I wanted to finish high school, wanted to get done college, wanted to get married, etc. etc. When I feel my brain longing for the “next best thing” I try to breathe deep and bring myself back to the now. Be grateful for the simple joys of where you are now. They will soon be a distant memory as life changes and grows.
Rather than complain, choose gratitude.
When I’d rather complain and have a pity party for myself, I try to decide to be grateful. I have a lot to be grateful for and I often take those things for granted. Even on a tough and stressful day when everything seems to be going wrong, I can still find reason to smile. I choose to be grateful for the things I have rather than worry about what I can’t control.
We all have things that we fret about that we can’t control. It’s okay to feel lost and nervous about things, but don’t allow the unknowns to take over your world. Life happens and works itself out. It may not always be the way we thought it would be or the way we had it planned for ourselves, but sometimes it’s better! Let’s take the leap of faith and let go of what we can’t control. Let’s enjoy what we have right now and enjoy life’s ride. Breathe in. breathe out. smile.be grateful. We are given one life to live, let’s not live it worrying our days away.
Thanks to Amanda for letting me think out loud!
Do you get worried over things you cant control? How do you deal? What’s one thing you can do today to let go of unwanted anxiety?
Tell me in the comments below!