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Who? Me? Worry?

You may believe, by my writing, that I am a positive, life-affirming, Susie-Sunshine person. First, my name is not Susie. Second, I have had my days where depression and worry go hand in hand. In fact, I do not believe one person is living on this planet, not even on the Space Station, who has not dealt with worry and anxiety.

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"I've had a lot of worries in my life,

most of which never happened."

Mark Twain

I can easily worry about a future that has not happened yet. If and when "IT" does happen (as it sometimes does), it is much worse because of the unreasonable expectations of pain.

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"Worry is like a rocking chair.

It gives you something to do

but it doesn't get you anywhere."

Jodi Picoult

There is a fine line between concern. which is followed by planning, and worry, which freezes me in place and keeps me from the ability to prepare, not to mention keeps me from any kind of peace or happiness.

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"If you are distressed by anything external,

the pain is not due to the thing itself,

but to your estimate of it,

and this you have the power to revoke at any time."

Marcus Aurelius

There are things I do, steps I can take, to relieve stress when worry is knocking at my door.

I exercise more than once a week.

I relax. Listen to calming music. Do yoga.

I eat healthy.

I sleep.

I focus on the now in my life (not the unknown future).

I take three slow breaths when I feel a growing sense of worry, stress or even anger. Long breath in through the nose. Slow breath out through the mouth. Repeat. Repeat.

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"The sun will come out tomorrow

Bet your bottom dollar

She'll be there.

Little Orphan Annie (the musical)

Recognize the positives in your life. Recognize the strong abilities you have. Recognize the positive actions you can take right now. Remember that tomorrow is a new day and you get to start afresh.

Even so, I know that dealing with worry is not a fix-it-one-and-done problem. I know I will need to rethink, re-prioritize, and re-route every time worry creeps in. When I allow worry to control me, I am making my life, and the lives of others whom I care about, harder to exist in a functional and peaceful state.

I also know I am not alone. Billions of people worry. Some need counseling. Some need medication. Some have good reason to worry. But I believe the majority of us can stop worrying so much.

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"Do not worry about anything,

but in everything by prayer and request,

with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Phillippians 4:6-7


Okay Robin you've got this!


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