Tuesday Tip: Let it Go – By Carla

Worry can be downright paralyzing and it can lead to some pretty nasty consequences. We all deal with fear, anxiety and uncertainty in different ways.

I got it honest.  My dad was a worrywart.  His mom was a worrywart.  I was a full-fledged worrywart!  The old Carla would eat and eat as a “coping” mechanism, but truly, that was not coping at all.  It didn’t matter how much I ate, I was never able to fill the void of fear.  I was the QUEEN of worry, but I’ve learned to let it go.

I’ve learned that the worries I obsessed over were nearly always out of my control anyway.  I’ve been able to stop eating my worry and, instead, focus on two alternate ways to cope.

First, I remind myself of Philippians 4:6.  “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”  Praying in the manner of this verse has made a world of difference for me.

The second strategy I rely on is to take my worries to the gym.  A great thing happens when I beat up my anxieties, and it’s called endorphins.  After a good workout, I can feel the stress of worry gone and a sense of calm in its place.

This week has caught me off guard.  With lots on my plate, I began to feel the all-too-familiar feelings coming back.  Gathering my thoughts for today’s Tuesday Tip helped me regain focus, a great reminder…pray, work-out and let it go!


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