Don't Worry, Stay In The Present

anxiety mindfulness Feb 18, 2021

People often ask us for ways to help them feel better during the day.  While the answer can seem complicated and involve a deep analysis of ones nutritional habits, sleep routine, exercise program, in fact it is often better just to pause and take a look at our thoughts. 

Let’s look at the premise that, if you can conceive it, you can achieve it.  On the surface that seems like a good thing, however what if we only conceive negative emotions and thoughts, what then?  It leads to worry and anxiety.

If we break down the word, worry, in a little more detail we can start to identify what we are worried about:

  1. Things that can’t be changed - past events
  2. Things that will never happen - future events
  3. Illogical deductive reasoning - wrong conclusions
  4. Petty miscellaneous things - did I leave the iron on?
  5. Real worries that we can’t do anything about - outside of your control
  6. Real worries that we might be able to do something about - maybe able to control

The interesting thing about the list above is that the majority of things people worry about, can’t be impacted by worrying about them.  So with that said, logically you could ask, what is the point of worrying about it if you can’t do anything about it?  We get that it’s easier said than done, so what can you do? 

The main thing about the list above is that most of the worry is based on the past, or the future, so to get rid of most of them, logically you just need to get your brain to stay in the present, the now.  Often, a good workout, some mindfulness or just being present during your day are just some of the ways that you can learn to practice staying in the now.  Once you become good at it, staying in the now can be a really useful gift and that’s why they call it, the present!

How do you stay in the present moment? We would love to hear from you. Comment below or drop us an email at [email protected]

Author: Dr. Adam Greenfield, Co-founder of WorkLifeWell | Doctor of Chiropractic | Wellness Specialist

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