How To Stop Unwanted Worry

The longer I work in the field of mind, body and spirit as a counselor, the more I am reminded of the power of our minds. The mind is so powerful that it can hold us hostage, keep us ruminating over things to the point where we are waking up in the middle of the night thinking about them. How many times have you heard people say they didn’t sleep well because there was too much on their minds? How many times has it happened to you?

While this state of mind, asleep or awake, can also be caused by excitement or anticipation of something good, it’s usually due to problems or issues. And they are most likely issues out of our control or we still wouldn’t be worrying about them. We’d be fixing them instead.

How do we stop this relentless train of thought in the midst of fear and vulnerability? For me, it’s trust in a higher power, in the unfolding of life that we can only experience when it happens. It’s knowing that I did the best I could whenever and wherever I could, leaving trust to do the rest.

It doesn’t have to be a higher power; it could be trust that the universe will align or trust that everything will work out. Whatever it is for you, when you hit the wall of what you can do, I suggest you go to that place of trust. Let go of what you can’t control. Not only will you find some peace, something positive and unexpected may show up. A phone call creates a path to a solution, a much-needed job position opens up, a loved one’s illness heads towards recovery. I’ve seen all of this and more. The only connection was letting go, trusting that things will work out, and having positive belief. Those who have experienced this admit they have dipped into the “why me” pity party. It’s natural and a place to vent and release, but they stayed a very short time. They emerged and went to a place of trust that things would work out. So can you.