We have all, at one time or another, been overpowered by the beast that is worry. We are bombarded by “what if” thoughts, attacked by nightmarish fantasies about every possible thing that could possibly go wrong. This may be triggered by hearing an awful story, a stressful situation that has arisen, or just a random thought that comes to us, seemingly from nowhere. We feel the weight of this worry: physically, emotionally and mentally. We end up tense and exhausted, anxious and nervous, overwhelmed and fearful. In short, the worry beast can wreak havoc in our life.
At best, we may attempt to distract or calm ourselves from this onslaught of negativity, but there is a nagging feeling that our efforts have been futile and we will be a victim of these thoughts indefinitely. It is difficult not to feel despair when this seems to be the case.
However, the good news is that there is a way to defeat the worry beast. We can learn to work through our worried thoughts to where they are not out of control and creating these negative side-effects. Before we can get to the specifics of what to do to handle worry, we first must understand a little bit about what worry is.