Things that never happen – 40%
Things in the past that can’t be changed by all the worry in the world – 30%
Petty, miscellaneous worries – 19%
Health-related worries – 12%
Real, legitimate worries – 8%
Think of what you worried about this week. What category did that worry fall into? What was accomplished by your worrying?
Jesus said “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matt. 6:27)
Worry can be described as “interest paid in advance on a debt you may never owe.”
“Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but won’t get you anywhere.”
A Plan to Break the Worry Habit
3. Increase your sense of humor and laugh more.
4. Stay positive. Talk to yourself with slogans that help you remember. Such as:
- “Just let it go. It’s not the end of the world.”
- “I don’t have to like everyone; just love them.”
- “What difference will this make in 24 hours?”
- “I don’t have to win, just finish the race.”
6. Focus on the needs of others; get out of yourself.
7. Pursue your passion. Find out what “good works” God put you here to do, and go for it. (Ephesians 2:10)