That alien voice in our heads that drives us to worry, fear, fret, and wring our hands usually exaggerates. And yet that voice has amazing influence over our peace of mind.
Want a quickie rebuttal to this alien’s fear mongering? Try this. Give that voice a name (not your own name b/c it’s not you badgering you). Poke your finger into the phone book at random and pick a name (hopefully you won’t pick a name of anyone you know).
Let’s say you pick the name Jack (as in you never know when the alien Jack in the box is going to pop up and terrorize you).
Next time Jack pounds you with “what if ___ happens?” talk back.
“Jack, what evidence do you have that this terrible thing will happen?”
“Jack, have you considered how slim the odds are that such and such will happen?”
“Jack, if such and such a thing happens, I’ll get through it with the help of family and friends, faith, and my own inner resources.”
“Jack, will you kindly shut up?”
“Jack, if you keep pestering me I’m going to throw you into the Nooksack River, so please shut up.”
I know this sounds corny, but it’s a proven strategy to capture all those random and unbidden thoughts in our head and counter them with truth, faith, information, and if necessary, muscle power. If you want more info, here’s a 3 page freebie called a Crash Course in Anxiety Reduction.