Want to beat the worry habit? Dale Carnegie’s advice in How to Stop Worrying and Start Living has been a game changer in my life.
One of his best suggestions is to remind yourself of the high cost we pay for our worry habits. In terms of spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional health, worry may be the biggest killer.
Usually labeled as stress or anxiety nowadays, the terminology has changed since Mr. Carnegie’s era. But the negative impact of this mental habit has probably grown as our lifestyles have become more rushed and hectic.
So reminding ourselves of the high cost of worry provides us with a strong reason why. This can give us strong motivation to practice the other worry-busting stress management principles Mr. Carnegie taught.
Here are some reminders:
1. Worry and stress will destroy your physical health. Many of our biggest health problems are stress-related. And even though some problems that are not directly caused by stress, every physical ailment tends to improve when worry and stress are reduced.
2. Worry will destroy your mental health. The future is essentially imaginary. A preoccupation with an imagined future is a big distraction from the reality of the present moment. This plays a big part in many manifestations of mental illness.
3. Worrying about the future brings up the emotion of fear, which is the cause of the stress response in the body. When fear is the dominate emotion we experience, our emotional health is greatly compromised.
4. Worry is a barrier to your spiritual development. Great masters from many spiritual and religious traditions spoke out against the negative effect of worry. Jesus and Buddha are two of the most notable proponents of anti-worry.
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Author: Nick Ortego is a health coach specializing in biohacking for runners. He integrates modern methods with the ancient wisdom of yoga to help runners get the most out of every aspect of life. He is the owner of N 2 Action, a wellness studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, offering personal training, health coaching, yoga, and fascial stretch therapy.