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When Worry Can Be Good

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Susan Robinson

Have you ever found yourself being consumed with thoughts of future events that may or may not even really happen? Sometimes you may experience an overwhelming feeling of anxiety, and you’re not able to think clearly and your judgment can get clouded. This worrying can lead to huge amounts of stress and pressure and it most likely is about things we have no control over or things in the future that haven’t happened yet. Worrying about things keeps you from staying in the moment and thinking in the present. It is not always worrying about the future that stifles us, but we can tend to beat ourselves up over mistakes we’ve made in the past. 

It is time to change channels, and begin to change  worrying into productive thinking. What I’m suggesting is that you can take worrying and make it useful to you. Rather than worrying about the future, begin to plan the future. Humans are created with the natural ability to plan and problem solve.  Make use of that creativity and begin to make a plan or develop a strategy and set some goals. Along the way evaluate how you are doing and what you’ve accomplished. This can actually give you a sense of empowerment and you will feel more in control of yourself and your situation. Also, if you have made mistakes in the past, don’t keep thinking about it, but look at it as an opportunity to look at lessons you can learn from it. 

Just know that it might not always go smoothly all the time, but you can still be confident in knowing that you are moving forward toward a goal rather than being stuck in that cycle of anxiety and worry.

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Susan Robinson is a co-program coordinator for “Thrive," and has been with the program since 2007. She earned a Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Southern Nazarene University and a Doctorate of Education in Health Promotion from Oklahoma State University. Prior to her time with OMES, Susan worked in higher education and taught at Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Central Oklahoma and Emporia State University. Susan's hobbies include singing in her church and community choirs, traveling and spending time with her daughter and grand dog, Georgi.