Are You A Worry Wart? Take Advice From Mother Goose

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. George Washington, U.S. President

In 1695, the fictionalized Mother Goose (or perhaps the real person, Elizabeth Foster Goose) wrote the following: 

For every ailment under the sun, 

There is a remedy, or there is none, 

If there be one, try to find it; 

If there be none, never mind it.

Apparently, The Serenity Prayer started with Mother Goose. Who knew?

If you’re a chronic worrier, here are a few suggestions to help you move in the direction Mother Goose intended. 

—Make a list of your worries. As you review your list, mark each worry as productive or unproductive. To help you do this, look at each concern through the lens of the Mother Goose poem. 

—Learn to embrace uncertainty. Acceptance means noticing that uncertainty exists. This will help you focus on things you can control.

—Notice that events rarely turn out as bad as you think. Trust that, even if what you’re worrying about happens, you can handle it. 

—Talk about your worries. Getting help to understand what is causing your anxiety will help you move away from the pit of worry. Get to the root cause.

Affirmation: I am worry-free!

Coaching question: What will you do to push worrying aside and live in the present?

Photo by Agostino Bordignon