I just happened to come across this article and it resonated with me.
Seemingly we have around 6,200 thoughts per day. And according to research conducted by the National Science Foundation around 80% of our thoughts are negative. 95% of our thoughts are exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before.
There was another interesting study (Leahy, 2005, Study of Cornell University), in which scientists found that, firstly 85% of what we worry about never happens. Secondly, with the 15% of the worries that did happen, 79% of the subjects discovered that either they could handle the difficulty better than expected, or that the difficulty taught them a lesson worth learning.
The conclusion is that 97% of our worries are baseless and result from an unfounded pessimistic perception. These baseless worries are a major source of stress, tension and cause of exhaustion not only for the mind but also for the physical body.
Crazy isn’t it!
Why am I writing this for you? Well, when David was growing up, I had an awful lot of worries about his health and wellness, I was constantly worried if he sneezed or had a slight temperature. My mum used to say to me “Wait, it may never happen” and she was right.
The number of anxious hours I spent worrying was unnecessary. And in writing this, I guess I don’t want you to do the same, as it definitely won’t help the situation it will only make you stressed, exhausted and not enjoying the day with your handsome child.
Parenting, in general, can be difficult and we all want to do the very best for our children.
As someone who is optimistic by nature, I still have to catch myself as my mind can race ahead. I am lucky to live near a beach and I find a walk on my local beach a huge help in calming my mind. This is my little time away that just helps me to think things over and come back with a better frame of mind. I hope you have your own ways to calm your mind because it is important to have something you can do to reduce your worries.
As a Carer do take care of your body and mind.