How to Stop Worrying On and Off the Job

By Sandy Schroeder

Worry should never be allowed to become a full-time job. If you get up in the morning with anxious thoughts, and go to bed every night with more, it's time for changes.

Handing over your life to worry is a mistake you can correct.

Whatever puts you into a spin needs to be examined. Family finances, illness or other serious concerns can rock your life. Intense pressure, constant demands, and lack of control may do the same at work.

The New York Times says, “Life is too short to spend more than 40 hours a week worrying about things that are out of your control.”

4 Ways to Let Worry Go

Set a daily cutoff – Bringing stressful calls and emails home with you creates a 24/7 worry mode. When that happens, it’s easy to forget to laugh, or just enjoy the evening. Everything will happen under a cloud.

Whup the day and savor the evening. Invite friends for a special supper, or cook a favorite dinner, and spend the evening playing games. The more involved you are with your evening, the less power worry will have.

Look for root causes – Think about the way you handle life at home and at work.

  • Are you constantly bobbing back and forth between the two
  • Do you leave too many things hanging
  • Are others contributing to the problem

As you sift through the issues you may find the answers. You may need backup to handle small items at home. Or you may need clarity at work to avoid last minute fallout. 

Make sleep a priority – Health experts are now telling us how much damage sleeplessness can do. Getting up tired, gulping coffee, and then repeating the pattern can be exhausting.

Establish a regular bedtime, and a comforting sleep ritual. Soften noise with air filters, and block light with blackout drapes. Park your phone, laptop and TV outside the bedroom. Enjoy a warm bath, simple snack or good book. Getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep can do a lot to reduce the power of worry.

Get your sneakers out – Walking can be an easy way to give worry the slip. Psychologists say we have our most creative thoughts when we walk. Putting that to work could be an inspired solution. Try a brief walk early in the morning before the day begins. Head out for a walk after lunch and take a walk with your kids or your dog after work. Those walks may become a treasured part of the day. You may start to relax the moment you put your sneakers on. Over time, walking may become a built-in stress reliever.

If worry persists, you may need see your doctor and a recommended psychologist to work through the issues.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pearland, Tex.

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