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How to Put Your Worries On Hold

By Sandy Schroeder

In a fast-moving, demanding world, it's easy to worry about what's going to happen next. As we deal with family, finances and the future, we really need ways to level everything out. has come up with a question that might help. Ask yourself:

Will it matter in 10 days,10 weeks or 10 months?

When tension builds and one worry follows another, just pause a moment and use this question to see if your worries will really matter In the future.

When I do this, I begin to relax and put everything into a better perspective, sorting through the mix of worries. Usually I find most of them really will not matter at all. Some worries are about things that probably will never happen, and others can be resolved with ongoing solutions.

Regrouping and gaining a better perspective can make a huge difference in your attitude. Here are some additional ways to keep your cool.

Begin running - It's hard to worry when you are running fast and feeling strong. Try early morning runs to set up your whole day.

Schedule your worries - When worries get out of control we can simply ruin the whole day with one bad thought after another. Pick a time, like late afternoon, and think about everything that's bothering you along with possible solutions.

Practice mindfulness - Start the morning and end the evening with a simple meditation. Sit quietly and let your thoughts flow unchecked. Later you may find your mind is clearer and your worries are gone.

Make a worry list- Whenever worries try to settle in write them down and move on with your day. Later you can check the list and they may look a lot less daunting.

Rethink the way you see worrying - Worrying can be a time consuming habit that takes more time than it deserves. When you are tempted to worry, ask yourself that question again:

Will it matter in 10 days, 10 weeks, or 10 months?

You might even jot down the major ones and check back in 10 days to see what happened to those worries. I often find that solutions were found or the worry was unneeded and was discarded.

Some of my friends worry a lot. Others seldom worry at all. I suspect the ones who have learned to worry less have the right idea. See what you think.

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

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