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Avoid worrying too much

 

By MARILYN C. ARAYATA

 

RAISE your hand if you have realized that majority of the things you worried about did not even happen, yet the negative effects of worry­ing were obvious.

The moment we enter­tain worries, they start to cause problems in differ­ent areas of our lives. We don’t gain anything at all. Instead, we lose so much of what we have and what we value. Worrying takes away our happiness, peace of mind, good disposition, and energy. It affects our concentration, sleep, and even our looks!

Know the practical things that you can do to address your concerns. Acknowl­edge that you need other people’s support. Con­fide in a wise and trusted friend or counselor. Do what you can, and leave what you can’t to the Lord of the universe. Devote more time to your pas­sion and to spiritual ac­tivities. We tend to worry too much about things of this world. We forget that we are spiritual beings in material bodies.

How many of the things you worried about did not even happen? How has worrying affected your health, work, and per­sonal life? That should give you more reasons to avoid worrying too much.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanks­giving, present your re­quests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all under­standing, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

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