As the New Year comes many of our folks in high places and in our own floor worries a lot for the country and our lives.

There are many possible reasons why someone might worry about the future, especially in 2024. Some of these reasons are:

• The Philippines’ debt is expected to increase to P15.8 trillion in 2024, which could have negative impacts on the economy and the quality of life of the people.

• The outlook for the Earth’s environment is worse than even scientists can grasp, as biodiversity decline, mass extinction, climate disruption and planetary toxification threaten the survival of all species, including humans.

• The COVID-19 pandemic may still be affecting the health and well-being of millions of people around the world, as new variants and challenges emerge.

• The geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine could escalate into a broader war, with serious consequences for regional and global security.

These are just some examples of the potential sources of worry for 2024, but there may be others that are more personal or specific to your situation. However, worrying too much about things that are uncertain or out of your control can be harmful to your mental and physical health. It can also prevent you from taking positive actions to improve your circumstances or cope with challenges.

Therefore, it is important to learn how to stop worrying and end anxious thoughts. Here are some tips that can help you overcome this feeling:

• Create a daily “worry” period. Set aside a specific time and place to focus on your worries, and write them down. This can help you gain some perspective and control over your worries, and free up your mind for the rest of the day.

• Challenge anxious thoughts. When you catch yourself worrying, ask yourself if the worry is realistic, helpful, or based on evidence. Try to replace negative thoughts with more balanced and positive ones.

• Ask yourself if a worry is something you can control. If it is, then make a plan to address it. If it is not, then try to accept the uncertainty and focus on the things you can influence.

• Interrupt the cycle of worry and stress. Find healthy ways to relax and distract yourself from worrying, such as exercise, meditation, hobbies, music, or spending time with friends and family.

• Talk about your worries. Sharing your concerns with someone you trust can help you feel less alone and more supported. You can also seek professional help from a therapist or counselor if your worries are overwhelming or interfering with your daily life.

• Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment, without judging or reacting to your thoughts and feelings. It can help you break free from the habit of worrying and cultivate a more positive and peaceful state of mind6.
Worrying is a natural and common human emotion, but it does not have to control your life. By following these tips, you can learn to cope with your worries and enjoy the present more.

Remember, you are not alone, and there is always hope for a better future.
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