Fight Worry – Make a List

We recently had a big snow and wind storm that caused tree branches to break off and bang on the roof; the lights flickered; and my friend texted me to say she had lost her power.  Darn it!  I don’t know about you, but wind storms definitely make me nervous and aggravate my worried-self.

It was mid-morning and I was working from home at our dining room table.  I grabbed a piece of paper and a pen to make a list for myself.  I asked myself, “What are five things I can do right now to prepare in case the power goes out?”

Here is my list:

  1. Charge my phone.
  2. Laundry:  Mr. H and I have winter sheets and summer sheets.  I added 30 extra minutes to the sheets' drying time so that they could fully dry and we could make our bed.
  3. Dinner:  I had something cooking in the slow cooker.  If I lost power I could make sandwiches for dinner.
  4. Flashlights and Lanterns: I made sure they had good batteries and were easy to access.
  5. Entertainment:  We usually watch TV and I am a big You Tube fan with my tablet and headphones.  Other things I could do would be to work on my online Bible study by reading the book, pick up my novel (I always have one that I am reading), or pick up my knitting.

After years of living with myself and watching my “reactions to things” I am learning that a small 2-step process will help me get unstuck and slow down the whirly-bird-of-worry in my head.

  1. Just stop for a minute and pull myself together so that I can actually think about how I am reacting to what is happening in the moment.
  2. Make an action list. Give myself an assignment that is something I can do to feel more controlled and prepared for what might happen.

In this particular scenario, I did my five tasks and started feeling much better.  The windstorm eventually blew itself out and we did not have any damage or lose our power. Oh happy day!

What kinds of lists are helpful for you?  I find that the act of writing by hand is very helpful.  I can carry my list around and refer to it when needed.  I hope that you will consider trying out a list-making activity next time you feel your own worry building up inside.

Peace and blessings,

Teri