People worry about what might — or might not — happen in the future. Worry is all in our heads — it is anticipation. Worry goes hand in hand with fear and anxiety… as if the three of them are merrily skipping along in a field of poison poppies; Worry serves absolutely no purpose… in fact, worry will make you physically sick if you worry long enough.
Worry is a cognitive process in the brain, which means it comes from the thinking part — the part that visualizes and thinks; the part that is responsible for our mental processes of perception, remembering, thinking, memory, awareness, judgment, and reasoning,
“Worry is like a rocking chair–it gives you something to do
but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” ~unknown author
Worry can be stopped — the mental process can be tinkered with. Remember, it’s a cognitive process so you have control over it! Just as you tell yourself not to step into oncoming traffic, you can tell yourself not to worry. Conquering worry is really fairly simple. I just tell myself “no” and change my thoughts or the image in my mind. If you are capable of letting yourself picture something horrible or worrisome, you can most certainly let yourself picture something happy or positive. Worry is really all about the imagery in your mind. Create a more positive image, and focus your thoughts on it. There is no point in dedicating energy to something that may — or may not — happen. If it does happen you’ll deal with it when the time comes. If it doesn’t happen, you’ve just wasted your energy. Worrying does nothing at all to benefit any situation. In fact, it just drains you mentally and physically.
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
Leo F. Buscaglia