What is worry?
The Oxford Dictionary defines worry as a state of mind in which one “allow[s] one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.” Worry can also be described as a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems. Here we find out that what you are worrying about may just be potential problems.
Should One Worry?
Every normal person should have a degree of worry. If you cannot worry then you are a lesser human being. You have a degree of abnormality in you. Why do I say this? Our minds have been made in such a way that one has to feel uncertainty over some things. Let me illustrate here. Supposing, you are called to deliver a speech to a very large congregation at the spur of the moment. You become uncertain what you will say and how the other people will take your speech. It is only when you begin and see the appreciation in the eyes of the congregation that you begin to relax and feel all is at rest. However, too much worry is not good for your health.
What Worry or Anxiety May Do to You
• Worry or anxiety can make you forget what to say, what to do or even how to behave in a certain situation. You may sweat and forget all that you had planned to do or say. One may behave in an awkward manner in such instances. Stop and talk to yourself. Say you can do it. Once composed then you can continue.
• Worry or anxiety is the cause of many ailments. Stomach ulcers, diabetes and high blood pressure can be ignited by worry. That may be the reason why the great physician Jesus of Nazareth preached about not worrying. He knew many die due to worry and anxiety. Avoid things that make you worry. Delegate duties to others who can do it on your behalf. Do not heap all things on your shoulders. They will weigh you down.
• When you worry too much you will not be able to do anything. You will keep on moving in circles without really doing any tangible thing. It is like the sailor who was shipwrecked on an island and had one hundred and one things to do. He wanted to build a shelter, look for food, find out if the Island was habited and some other many tiny things. By the time hee was rescued he had done nothing and was almost dying of hunger. Plan your work well. Do things in order of priority. Let no worry distract you.
• Worrying can cause headaches and fatigue. You find that you are too tired to do anything. Relax. Do something less strenuous. Do exercise. Go for a walk. Remember Christ said that we should never let our hearts be troubled. We should simply believe in God and in Jesus. God has all of us covered. He cares for us and knows all our needs. He is the sole provider too.
We have to remember that our health is more important that what we worry about. Take care of your health. Worry and anxiety can kill you.
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