Six tips on breaking the worry habit

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Have you read Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living? If you haven’t, then you should, especially if you’re looking for a way to ease stress from worry. It has some great insights on how to reduce and eliminate the amount of worry in one’s life. I must admit that I get preoccupied with minor nuisances and issues from time to time.

Here are six tips on breaking the worry habit (before it breaks you):

  1. Find ways to keep busy to remove worry from your mind – occupy yourself with activities that are productive and will help you to overcome your worries.
  2. Don’t let little things ruin your happiness – they are not worth the effort.
  3. Use the law of averages to eliminate worry – if something is very unlikely to happen, then don’t worry about it.
  4. Cooperate with the inevitable – if something is going to happen anyway and is beyond your control, accept it and the consequences.
  5. State how much anxiety something is worth – and don’t give it any more thought than what it is worth.
  6. Leave the past where it belongs – there is no point in worrying about things long dead.

Think about each one of these tips individually. They can truly help you to reduce and eliminate the amount of time you spend worrying about things. And if you have any tips of your own, let me know –

David Gargaro


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