This month we are focusing on worry.  For some people, it is just a passing troublesome thought, yet for others, it is a constant presence as if it was their shadow.  Merriam-Webster defines worry as mental distress or agitation resulting from concern usually for something impending or anticipated.  So, by that definition, it is either something about to happen or something imagined.  Using some questions from the quiz, this week is about when you feel stuck in your worries so that you are not coming up with solutions.

 Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength--carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time? --Corrie Ten Boom

Looking at the quote you would be handling all of your issues of today and trying to handle everything for tomorrow while not even knowing what that would be.  Wow, talk about exhausting.  What happens when you use this approach is you can easily get overwhelmed and just stop doing anything at all.

Today's Coaching Challenge

Do you find yourself caught up in your future concerns more than taking action on the tasks or challenges that you face today?  Think of how much more relaxed you would be if you just handled things happening in the present moment.

Let's say you needed to walk 3 miles.  If you spent your time and energy worrying about how hard it would be to walk that distance, what the sidewalks would be like, and whether you would be sore afterward because you are out of shape, you would have a difficult time taking that walk.  Instead, if you changed your focus to taking the first step, then the second, then the third, before you knew it you would have completed the 3 miles.

 Action to take

Take a moment to think about if there is something you are currently worried about.  Then ask yourself is there anything you can do about it right now?  If the answer is yes, then do that thing.  If the answer is no then take a breath, look at what is right in front of you, and take a small step towards working on what is in the present moment.   

Always supporting you,                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jan

P.S.  Worry results in stress so click here for a free Your First Step Away From Stress call.

Jan Cerasaro
When You Control Your Stress: Your Change Can Be Easy