Worry Warts Annonymous

Friday, January 09, 2015

I am a worry wart. This is something that has plagued me my entire life. If there is something to worry about, I am definitely going to latch onto it. I am well aware of how toxic worrying can be, but it is something that I feel must be part of a genetic inheritance. Lately, I have kept a mental worry list in my head. I have to go through my worries every day and remind myself why I should not constantly worry about each item on my list. It's actually kind of a weird way of coping with anxiety, but it helps me.

Chronic worrying is not normal, although I feel that many have accepted it as part of their daily routines. Sometimes it feels impossible not to worry. For me, I tend to let my imagination run wild with worries and I end up feeling worse. I have even found myself worrying because I know a friend or relative is also worried. Kind of like a sympathetic worrier. 


I have found that there are several ways to quell my worries:


Go for a walk: There is something extremely therapeutic about exercise. I love to go for a long walk when I am feeling worried. I can be alone with my thoughts and work through my issues. I also enjoy going to the gym if the weather is too cold outside for a walk. My gym has a lot of distractions like a swimming pool and a walking track. It helps me to get active when I am feeling really worried.


Journal: I keep a small journal in my purse that I like to write in often. It's a very small leather bound journal that I have had for several years. I like to write my worries down or vent in my journal. 


Cook: I have started picking out recipes on Pinterest when I am feeling stressed. I prefer to choose complex recipes that I have been wanting to try. For me, cooking is a really fun way to cope with my worries. I never follow a recipes 100% and always have to add my own little ideas in for good measure. I have also found that trying new things has helped me to be a better cook. 


Listen to music: I have the most eclectic taste in music. Some people are very specific about their preferred type of music. But for me, it is all wonderful. I love to put on my headphones and block out the rest of the world for a while.


Everyone copes with their worries in a different way. It amazes me how effortlessly some people manage their worries. Are you a worrywart? 


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8 Quirky Comments

  1. I'm also a chronic worry wart. This was helpful.

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  2. Headphones and blocking out the world is my favourite.

    I even have a pair of sleeping headphones which help me fall asleep.

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  3. I think I am a worry wart, but then everyone kinda thinks that about themselves. My dad and my grandpa are serious worry warts, so maybe it is genetic. Your ways of coping with worry sound perfect, especially the journaling and walking. I wish I could cook. Maybe that would help me too...

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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  4. oh man am I ever a worry wart. I worry about EVERYTHING. It's only gotten worse since Aria was born. I usually like to immerse myself into the world wide web of blogging, pinterest, and DIY projects and it helps. I'm also going to start exercising again so hopefully that helps as well!!!! Miss you my friend!!

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  5. Yep. I've inherited the worry wart gene from my mother and I think it's getting worse!

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  6. Forgive yourself and love ❤ yourself, the you can and love others. That is the secret to happiness Quirky Girl! 😊 Instead of worrying, which solves nothing, make plans on how to fix the things you worry about. Example: If you are worried about drowning, plan to learn how to swim. And give to God the worries you can't fix, that's his job! Enjoy the day! John W.

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  7. I'm an amazing chronic worrier. It's debilitating when it comes. I figured I have to do something. I don't want to live like this anymore. I read you can have a designated time to worry. That helped over the last couple of days. But you have to be committed to it. It was great for two days and now the worrying too much is creeping back in. Uuugh!

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