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Worry About Worrying

It’s perfectly normal to be worried during uncertain times.

It’s perfectly normal to worry about negative outcomes.

And it’s not just emotions.

The science also tells us that it’s perfectly normal because:

Our minds will try to solve a problem, even if it’s a problem that can’t be solved by us.

Lizabeth Roemer

But what happens when we worry about being worried?

Strive to improve

As a species, we humans have always strived to improve.

From the times of the Greek philosophers to modern times Dale Carnegie.

The self-improvement industry was worth some US$38 billion in 2019.

Make no mistake. This industry is not about to stop growing.

One estimate, puts the industry at US$57 billion in 2027. With a CAGR of 5.1% from 2020 to 2027.

By most measures, the self-improvement industry is seeing a healthy growth in the next five years.

To give you an idea of what the self-improvement industry comprises, here’s a breakdown by Brand Minds:

The self-improvement market is wide and encompasses a large variety of products and services which range from books to e-books, online courses, coaching programs, webinars, “academies”, “universities”, “masterminds”, masterclasses, conferences, mobile apps etc.

Health is wealth

For generations, two things that preoccupy our minds are to do with health and wealth.

Evident via Google Trends:

As we circle back to the topic of our discussion—worry.

For the longest time I’ve been a worrier.

By worrying, I argued, helps me visualize the worse case scenarios and that allows me to plan ahead.

Then again, it reminds me of this funny tale:

Guy walks into a bar. Orders a drink. Bartender sees the guy keep snapping his fingers. Asks the guy, “Why’re you snapping your fingers?” Guy says, “It keeps the elephants away.” Bartender says, “But there aren’t any elephants.” Guy: “See? It works.”

Thus far, my worse case scenarios have never materialize and I certainly hope the same for you.

According to this article from The Times, here are three things you can do if you are worried about being worried.

  1. Avoid mental multitasking. While being worried is perfectly normal, being worried all the time isn’t. Because being worried all the time is not only hollowing you out emotionally, it also inhibits you from moving forward.
  2. Make time to worry. Yes, you read that right. As it is normal to be worried, you ought to take some time to list down all your worries. I set aside some time every morning to write down my worries.
  3. Be present. For the rest of the time, being present is the best gift you can give yourself. As Master Oogway said, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why they call it present”.