I’m a firm believer that no emotion is inherently “bad”–everything you feel is supposed to guide you, teach you something or protect you. But worry is an emotion that, if not handled in the right way, can keep you from reaching the enormous potential you have inside yourself. So here’s what you do when worry tries to kick you in the pants.
1. Remind yourself the worry is temporary.
Worry can be overwhelming in part because we get the irrational sense that we’re going to feel it forever. We panic, suddenly believing we’re trapped. If you simply acknowledge the worry as a natural, temporary response to a temporary event or situation, it’s much easier to keep perspective and think more clearly.