Hello, my name is Shannon, and I am a worrier.
And I married a worrier. And we have three children to whom we unfortunately passed the gene on to. And we have two anxiety-ridden puppies. I wouldn't be surprised if even our fish worried from time to time.
That's the bad news. Now here's the good:
Because we're aware of our worrying tendencies, we have developed many proven methods to combat our concerns. We pray, practice yoga, and take hot chocolate breaths: in through your nose (to smell the make-believe cocoa) and out through your mouth (to cool down said cocoa). But when we have an especially big worry, or if I feel our family is out of synch, we call in the big guns: effervescent tablets (denture cleaner).
We fill a large bowl with water and unwrap a tablet for each worry (family's health, soccer game, money, new art class, siblings or spouses fighting more than usual, etc.) and we write each doubt, fear, trial and woe on a tablet. And then we drop them into the water and watch them melt away. Physically seeing the problem disappear has helped us to let go of things out of our control. I hope it will ease your family's anxiety as well.
Do you have any other tips to help overcome worry? If so, please share in the comments.
Effervescent Tablet Dissolving in Water from Andrew Scholbrock on Vimeo.