Worry and the Brain

Which domino will fall first?

How much of your day will you spend worrying about which domino will fall first?

Did you know that 85% of things that you worry about never actually happen?

Worry defined: to give way to anxiety or unease; allowing one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.

Worry has serious affects on your mind and body. Neuroscience shows that our brains release stress hormones when we worry, causing us to lose focus, interfering with our thinking and problem solving abilities. When we are in a constant state of worry;it takes it toll of our bodies (we can become physically ill).

Think about it: How did your worry affect your sleep, food choices, the way you performed, or the way you interacted with others?

“It’s not what happens to you (or in this case, what might happen to you-Doreen's addition), but how you react to it that matters.” Epictetus

What can you do to stop worrying?

1. Try exercise. Exercise releases the good hormones into your brain and that helps to release tension. 2. Try Gratitude: instead of looking to the past or the potential future problems, focus on being in the present and enjoy the gifts you have been given. 3. Try thinking or meditating on things that are true, pure, good, lovely, praiseworthy, or excellent; then the peace that passes understanding will calm your mind and your heart. 4. Try shifting your focus: Is it possible that there is another way to see this problem?

When it comes to worry; you have a choice what you allow to control your thoughts. (Take your thoughts captive)

What ways will you manage your emotions today?