Don't worry, stay calm and keep smiling

Published: Thu 17 Jan 2019, 8:43 PM

Last updated: Thu 17 Jan 2019, 10:44 PM

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. -Leo Buscaglia
Imagine you're due to give a big speech or presentation, but you're petrified of public speaking. Your speech is due in two weeks and you spend so much time fearing the concept of standing in front of people that you don't direct your attention to the task at hand - writing and practising the actual speech. You spend sleepless nights being perturbed and this taxes you, slashing your confidence. Worrying is worrisome: it causes stress and we all know stress can harm.
Distress or anxiety drains psychological energy occupying space and time in the brain that could be better used for something else. Most of our worries or troubles are baselessly magnified, and most of them will certainly not happen.
We all worry. We worry about work, about school, about money, about relationships, about family, about future, about life in general. Learn to look at life through a optimistic lens. A positive thought is contagious and will release the feel-good endorphins into your body. After the work hours are over, just take a happiness break.
Do something you like: exercise, swim, rehydrate, have a meal, socialise, dream or just relax. Add space to your life, this can be self-liberating and self-empowering. The key to making room in your life is to find the time, energy and motivation to let go of the small stuff.
Slow down and refresh yourself. Do whatever you are doing right now but do it in a slower, pace. Emphasise it and enjoy. Focus on the positive, and eventually you'll start seeing affirmative things. Life is about being passionate and living out your dreams, no matter what you have to go through to get there.
Start dedicating yourself to the millimeters of progress.
Love yourself, love your day, love your life! I wish you Hakuna Matata. Remember Hakuna Matata? It is the popular song in the movie Lion King, a Swahili phrase meaning "no worries." It's similar to saying "no problem" or "don't worry, be happy".
The writer is based in Dubai

By Alvina Clara

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