WholeLife Matrix: Health & Well-Being

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” ― Steve Maraboli

As the saying goes “Don’t worry, be happy.” But most people often worry about things that have happened in the past or things that may happen in the future.  Too much worrying can negatively affect all aspects of our lives and our health. It can keep us from savoring the present moment, from moving forward in life, and living life to the fullest.  Here are some tips to help eliminate worry and feel your best.

You can help to eliminate worry by focusing on positive things in life. Whenever negative thoughts start keeping into your mind, catch yourself and start thinking positive thoughts instead.  You can do this through various activities such as visualizing joyful things, watching or listening to something funny, putting on music you enjoy listening to, singing and dancing, jumping on a trampoline, etc. Anything that makes you feel better can help to turn negative thoughts around.  You can create a list of these things to have on hand. 

Another way to help eliminate worry is to distract yourself with an activity that requires your full attention, such as playing chess.  When your mind is busy focusing on the activity, you will not have time to worry.  Playing a sport such as basketball, which requires you to be both mentally and physically focused can also help to eliminate worry.

On the flip side to being very active to eliminate worry, calming your mind through quiet mediation can also be beneficial because it reduces stress, anxiety and depression.  Meditation is useful for quieting your mind.  When you quiet your mind, you stop negative thoughts and can replace those thoughts with positive ones. 

Eating healthy foods can also help to eliminate worry.  Healthy foods help to keep your energy level stable throughout the day.  Avoid foods that can enhance nervous feelings.  You may think that drinking a cup of coffee will give you an energy boost, but it can actually make you feel more anxious.

Being with good friends or talking with a good friend about your worry can help you to get it out in the open and relieve your tension about it.  Another option is to write your worries down.

Taking a trip to nature can help to clear your mind and help you to relax.  Being in the great outdoors can ease depression, relieve stress, elevate mood and improve health. Many people simply feel depressed because they do not get out enough and take medications to try to solve the problem, when the root problem could be solved by taking a trip into nature, which is where we naturally belong.

One common source or worry is believing that others are thinking negatively about us. But in reality, people are focused on their own agendas and own worries.  Also, nobody knows you well enough to completely know what is right for you, so don’t let other people’s negative opinions keep you from living your best life. 

As the saying goes “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Most of the things that we worry about are not really big problems, and most worries don’t manifest. You can help to eliminate worry by asking yourself if the thing that you are worried about is really a big problem and if it is solvable.  If it is out of your hands or if it is something that happened a long time ago that you cannot change, then there is no reason to continue worrying about it.  If it is something that you can change, then taking steps to make changes will help your peace of mind.    

In the WholeLife Matrix, we have four aspects of health and well-being:

1. Vacation/Time Off
2. Having Fun
3. Nutrition and Weight
4. Exercise and Fitness

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