Are you a worrywart? The symptoms include things like taking issues that are small and blowing them up to be much bigger than necessary. It involves not sleeping because you stay up at night thinking about the issues and letting them create stress in your life.
I come by worrying naturally. My great-grandmother was a worrier and so is my father. I’ve tried to cope with it in my own life through my personal relationship and my faith in Jesus Christ, but beyond that I also find that if I minimize those thoughts when I’m having them, it helps to keep them in perspective. For example, I’ll pause for a moment and look outside. I look at the size of the universe. The size of the tree that’s growing in my yard. I focus on things that are happening that I don’t have to control and it gives me incredible peace during the worrisome moments. It puts into perspective that my issues aren’t always worth the time and emotion I give to them. I look at my past and see how I didn’t change the outcome of things I worried about.
I also try to talk about what’s worrying me with someone else. My wife is a great counter balance because she isn’t a worrier. However, I know some people marry worriers and therefore they need to turn to a trusted friend to discuss their concerns and avoid worrying their spouse even more.
Lastly, you have to trust that everything is going to be okay. It might not always turn out exactly how you thought, but worrying about it will more likely make it seem worse.
These remedies may not cure you completely of worry but it can help to minimize the symptoms, and I hope it will keep the virus from spreading any further down the genetic line.