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Worry Is A Misuse Of The Imagination

There’s a lot of things I have been putting off for ‘tomorrow’. But then you know what they say about tomorrow, right? Yes, it never comes! The point is that these are important things that I can’t afford only to worry about. I need to get off my behind and get them done.

If I spent as much time doing the things
I worry about getting done
as I do worrying about doing them,
I wouldn’t have anything to worry about.
~ Beryl Pizer

There’ve been times when I anticipate things and start to worry about how they can be fixed. Worry  has sometimes kept me awake – only to make me feel lousy the next day. Worry is truly a waste of time.

 

Worry is a misuse of the imagination – Dan Zadra

worry is a misuse of the imagination
There isn’t one good reason why we should worry, but plenty of reasons why we shouldn’t. Worry and the resulting stress take a huge toll on our body.  One could end up with depression, hypertension, stomach upsets (prolonged anxiety leads to digestive problems), heart ailments and fertility trouble. Worry clearly is BAD for us!

Graham C. L. Davey, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK. His research interests extend across mental health problems generally, and anxiety and worry specifically. Read his article – 10 Tips To Manage Your Worrying – here.

Why worry when we can do? Why worry about tomorrow, when we should be living fully today? Why worry when we can always find creative solutions or learn acceptance? Why spend timing worrying, when we can spend time being grateful?

Are you a worrier?

 

19 Comments

  1. nabanita nabanita July 22, 2014

    I too have so many things to do …so many things on my mind Corinne…But there’s no point worrying…I’m planning to get my life on track after my mother’s surgery this week….

    • saralaD saralaD July 23, 2014

      The reason for worry we ourselves make.Otherwise as said here for reasons numerous we can remain without worry.Nice.

  2. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg July 22, 2014

    Oh, I worry a lot too and indulge it often despite knowing that it does not lead me anywhere just adds to the stress and wrinkles! But, as you rightly pointed out, it is truly a misuse of imagination. Like they say, today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday!

  3. Pixie Pixie July 22, 2014

    I was a worrier. But, when I realized that there is really no point in worrying, I have slowly let go of the habit.
    I usually talk to myself when I start to worry and then rework my mind to concentrate on something else πŸ™‚
    So, now I try not to worry and look for solutions instead.
    Meditation also helps πŸ™‚

  4. Eli Eli July 22, 2014

    Absolutely dear Corinne. Great reminder… Live today and do not worry about tomorrow … Its still a mystery… And moments we spend worry take away moments of happiness..Your post filled me with a sense of well-being today. Thank you:-)

  5. usha menon usha menon July 21, 2014

    Very true. Worrying does not solve a problem Too much worrying makes us ill. Corrine, this a great reminder from you that we should stop worrying and start living.

  6. Fab Fab July 21, 2014

    I wasn’t a worrier before, but as I grow older and have more adult responsibilities to handle, I find that I worry a lot without reaching any solution to my problem. Worry is a misuse of the imagination – that is so very true!!

  7. Bhavya Bhavya July 21, 2014

    Reading the comments, I am worried now that I am probably the only person who does not worry much. Hope that is a good thing πŸ˜‰

  8. Shailaja V Shailaja V July 21, 2014

    So so true, Corinne! <3 I used to be a worrier until I read and accepted this simple axiom from my guru: "Leave your worries to me. If you worry, I will not worry." I simply adore the fact that you open with it. Do the things that you think about doing, instead of worrying about them. Really need that kick in the seat of my pants today. Thank you!

  9. Geeta Nair Geeta Nair July 21, 2014

    True Corinne,worr is just awaste of time. There have been times when I have woken up in the middle of the night worrying about something or the other. Finally I started making a ‘to do/ to remember’ list before leaving office/ going of to bed. It worked. I could sleep peacefully.

  10. Sanch Sanch July 21, 2014

    Ah worry…it’s been my closest ‘friend’ and worst enemy through most of my life. Anxiety can be so debilitating and yet, when we ride the wave of worry and get on with our lives anyway, life becomes much more meaningful!

  11. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando July 21, 2014

    Totally there with you on this one, Corinne. Worry IS a waste of time and energy better spent living in the present moment. And, as Jesus told us worrying can in no way improve our lives, I don’t need to look further. Blessings, my friend!

  12. Shalini Shalini July 21, 2014

    Very true! But yeah, I worry a lot too.. πŸ˜› Can’t help it at times πŸ™‚

  13. Sulekha Sulekha July 21, 2014

    I wake up and try and remember what I was worrying about the night before πŸ™‚ I am a worrier, glad to know there are more like me πŸ™‚ I am trying to change my thought-processes, one step at a time.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | July 21, 2014

      Ha ha…nice to forget what you were worrying about, no? Always makes me feel foolish too, but old habits die hard!

  14. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan July 21, 2014

    So, so, SO true! It’s hard not to worry sometimes, but you’re right – it’s a waste of time and energy. Thanks for sharing this perspective.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | July 21, 2014

      I feel so foolish when everything turns out okay despite my worrying, Laurel! πŸ˜‰

  15. Carol Graham Carol Graham July 21, 2014

    You are right – there is NOT one good reason why I should worry — except that I am REALLY good at it! πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | July 21, 2014

      Oh, Carol. I guess we all fall into patterns of behaviour that just not good for us! Don’t worry, be happy! πŸ˜‰

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