"If something won't matter in 5 years, don't waste more than 5 minutes worrying about it now."
I know it might sound simple, but it's one of those phrases that has resonated with me.
Many of us are worriers; we can't help it! It's amazing how worked up we can get over something JUST IN OUR HEADS — potentially something that might not even happen in our real lives. All that thinking and worrying, and stressing takes time and energy away from other activities we could be (and probably should be) doing instead. And when we neglect the things we should be doing, we feel more stressed because we're behind, and start to worry about how we will find the time to do everything we need to do.
It's a vicious cycle that's not necessarily super easy to break (especially if you're prone to worrying).
#toptip I know it won't work every time or in every situation, but the next time you start to worry or feel stressed out, make yourself stop for 20 seconds and consider if what you're worried about will matter in 5 years? If it WON'T matter, then force yourself to stop worrying about it.
In TCM, Worry is the emotion of the spleen & stomach and too much pensiveness, worrying, and insecurity can weaken our ability to digest – it knots the energy. When we are worried to a state of anxiety, we find it hard to digest and accept a situation or life event. Lack of trust and ease towards the experiences and the foods we take into our lives will make it impossible for us to digest them. This can make us feel tired, lethargic, and unable to concentrate. A weak spleen can also be the cause of stubborn weight problems.