Stay in the Present.
As humans worrying is a part of life, but a lot of times those worries are caused by living in the past and wondering “what if”, or living in the future still wondering “what if”, but what if you just stayed in the present? For many dwelling in the past or worrying about the future is a source of anxiety or unnecessary stress.
I am learning the not-so-easy way to stay in the present and I say not-so-easy, because it starts out well, and then I fall back into old patters of dwelling or overthinking. When I do manage to keep my feet planted firmly in the present, everything seems to go better, and a lot of that is because I am removing triggers that can cause the stress associated with worrying.
I will say this though, it is a habit want to keep going and move into the future with. Long term planning is understandable, like family trips, or care or the inevitable end of life planning scenarios, but when I say don’t live in the future, it’s because when you get to that point, if what you planned hasn’t happened, you might not see all of the good things that happened up to that point, and you might not realize that what you had planned, may not have been the path you were meant to take after all.
Sometimes you have to do the let’s-wait-and-see thing, to know what path you are meant to be on. Yes, it can be just as stressful or unnerving, but not if you don’t overthink it. Get out of your head, get out of your way and do your best to live in the moment. As I said in the video, you don’t pour a puzzle out on the table or floor and just expect it to land on the surface put together, no, you have to put the “whole picture” together one piece at a time, just like staying in the present. Each day is a piece of that puzzle.