5 Ways to Stop Worrying

Worry-cartoonSometimes I think I have made an art of worrying!

Here is my latest 5 step plan for resolving worries. 
Try it out and use the comment box below to let me know how it works for you!

Step 1 – write down one thing that you do not have to worry about.

Step 2 – write down two other things you do not have to worry about.

Step 3 – write down three more things that you do not have to worry about.

Step 4 – write down four more things you do not have to worry about.

Step 5 – write down five more things you do not have to worry about.

Now you have a list of 15 things you do not have to worry about! Spin these things around in your mind for a change!

About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  • Andi

    Reply Reply May 23, 2011

    I love this! Now if only I can remember to keep that list next to my bed for those nights I’m lying awake at 3 am spinning on the 200,000 other things I DO worry about 🙂

  • Zen a

    Reply Reply July 14, 2011

    Absolutely hilarious !!!!!!:). I am sure you are 100% correct. Will remember this one, if I ever worry. As a matter of fact, I may keep thinking of this and then, guess what, I will never have to worry about anything because by the the time I get to 15 things, I will be exhausted but happy!!!!!!

  • Laurie Niles

    Reply Reply April 13, 2014

    One way I stop worrying is to remember without the breath I can not worry about anyting. So I appreciate that I have breath to choose what I feel thankful for.
    Worry to me is a problem that has not occurred or a problem that needs a solution. So I park the worry for another moment and decide what it is. Early morning moments in mediation are where I review all this stuff and remember that I have breath to appreciate or not. And so the struggle to appreciate carries on daily in my life.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac.

      Reply Reply April 13, 2014

      Thanks for sharing your process Laurie – it’s always helpful to me to have a handful of ways of worry!

  • Aniiyah

    Reply Reply April 20, 2017

    Fantastic!! Making my list!!
    Thankful for this today!!
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