Monday 28 May 2018

Mindful moment… Worry not, you're in control

'Tackle what is in our control and let go what is not'
'Tackle what is in our control and let go what is not'

Marianne Power

If you are a chronic worrier, take comfort in the fact that it's not your fault, it's completely natural. In our caveman past, being alert to potential threats such as tigers and rival tribes was what kept us alive.

Now, centuries later, even though we are not likely to get killed by a sabre-toothed tiger, we are still hard-wired to be on red alert for anything that could go wrong. This is why we worry about our health, about crime, about politics, about anything, really.

Even though most of us live in safe environments, our brain has evolved to find threats rather than happiness. How to tackle it?

With every worry try asking this question: Can I do anything about this? When it comes to your health - can you do more exercise, or change what you eat? If so, do that. When it comes to politics it might be less clear. Most of us cannot control what happens between Trump and Putin but is there some local politics you can get involved with? Or charities you can help?

The only way to tackle worry is to tackle what is in our control and let go of what is not.

* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net

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