Got too many worries in your life? If you could put them on a scale, how much would they weigh? There was a time in my life when my worries were so overwhelming they nearly broke my back. Worry affects everything – your relationships, your physical weight, your attitude, your quality of life. If you're feeling overweight from your worries today, this story is for you. My hope is for you to feel uplifted. Consider these suggestions as ingredients for a worry-free diet. Ready?
- Avoid eating processed foods. They may give you headaches. Some worries are food related.
- Avoid negative people. These people may be suffering from excessive worries. Beware. They're contagious.
- Get help when you're in over your head.
- Avoid over-committing. Missed deadlines are the source of many worries.
- Resist past worry elimination diets that didn't work – excessive drinking, binge eating, negative self talk.
- Eat your worries for breakfast. Don't save them for the end of the day. The longer they sit around, the moldier they get. They're best eaten when they're ripe.
- Clean out all the worries in your cupboards and in your garage. Seek them out. They like to hide. Confront them. Ask them, "is this all you've got? What's the worst that can happen?" Then consider what you will do if the worst case scenario happens.
- Give your mind, body and soul a regular workout. Your worries grow like a cancer when you're not paying attention to your health, your physical fitness and your mental well-being. The best way to keep a worry from growing is to starve it with regular exercise, meditation and positive thinking.