Finding the Peace

Worrying Takes you Out of your Present Moment

Are you one that worries? Do you spend time catastrophizing and thinking about the worse possible scenarios or wondering if something you said was just not the right thing to have said? Often times we can get caught up (literally in our brain looping over and over again) with thinking about something that happened in the past or may happen in the future. There may be a sense that you have some control over the concern if you just worry about it enough. Let’s consider this thought – your worrying about something, thinking about every detail, playing out all the different scenarios that could happen are not bringing you peace.

This behavior actually keeps you wound up and out of your current moment. Realize this – you cannot change or control anything with your worry. It doesn’t serve a positive purpose in your life. And in your pattern of worrying you lose the only thing you really have – this moment. So instead, practice “being” in your moment. Practice noticing the details of the blue sky or the blooming flowers. Practice noticing who you are spending the moment with. Be completely present with them. Don’t let your mind wander to the past or the future. Just be here – NOW. Teach yourself to walk the journey of life being present in this moment. When the worries start back up, take yourself back to your present moment. Use your senses to be totally aware and here. Allow yourself the glory of being in the moment you have been given.


  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
    Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

  • Janie Pfeifer Watson, LICSW, is the founder and director of Wholeness Healing Center, a mental health practice in Grand Island, Nebraska with remote sites in Broken Bow and Kearney. Her expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including depression, anxiety, attachment and bonding, coaching, couples work, mindfulness, trauma, and grief. She views therapy as an opportunity to learn more about yourself as you step more into being your authentic self. From her perspective this is part of the spiritual journey; on this journey, she serves as a mirror for her clients as they get to know themselves—and, ultimately, to love themselves.


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