Stress and The Art of Worrying

The present moment is a gift that few people choose to open. Instead they dwell on the past or the future. The past brings with it feelings of guilt for things we did or perhaps didn’t do. The future consumes us with things that might happen. There is much worry in the hearts and minds of people today; finances, relationships—the list is nearly endless. Worry sows the seeds for anxiety (and for some, panic attacks). Worry is called the “immobilizing emotion” because it keeps you locked in fear, like a car spinning its wheels, but going nowhere. Some people view the act of worrying as “caring.” Moms can be really good at this. Worrying, however, is not the same thing as caring! Worrying is a state of non-productivity. While you can plan for the future (and this is a great strategy) worrying about the future is a waste of emotional energy. Worrying is stress prone behavior and it’s time to let this go.

• Stress Tip for the Day
Do you waste a lot of your emotional energy worrying about things that might or might not happen? Are you the kind of person who is immobilized by fear and worry? Differentiate between worrying and planning for the future. Mark Twain had a great line about worry. He said, “I’m an old man now, and I have known a great many problems in my life—most of which never happened.” Learn to live in the present moment!

• Links/Books Worth Noting:
The following link helps you get out of the worry business:
Please check it out:

• Quote for the Day:
“Worry is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”—Anonymous

Photo of the Day:
Springtime in the Rockies is nothing less than amazing. Blue skies, flowering cherry, plum and crabapple trees and snow covered mountains. I took this photo this morning while on a walk with my dog, Logan. Simply magical! THIS is living in the present moment! Enjoy!

Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (6E). He can be reached through his

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