Worrying is a natural inclination. It is inherent in every one of us to want to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our possessions from harm. Like other emotions, worrying is an element of the human condition that can transform into a detrimental habit when left unchecked. While worrying can show up in our lives and relationships, fashion designer and Artsy Goddess Studio founder Yvonne Rainbow Teplitsky suggests that the key to managing it is to be mindful of our words and emotions when reacting to challenging situations - an insight perhaps derived from our marriage that has seen both joy and worry over the last 25 years.
In this episode, Rainbow and I recollect how worry has shown up in our relationship, what we learned from it, and how we manage it. We discuss how worry is a human impulse and how it can negatively impact relationships. We compare how men and women generally respond to worry. We share our experiences growing up with worriers in the family and highlight the importance of trusting children. We also underscore the differences between worry and anxiety and emphasize the role of authenticity and aligning with our values in alleviating worry.
“Worry is a part of life - the trick is balance and awareness.” - Yvonne Rainbow Teplitsky
This week on Relationships! Let’s Talk About It:
- Worrying about health, providing for the family, and the weather
- The value of trusting how we respond to a situation rather than trying to control it
- Growing up with worriers in the family
- Letting go of a situation that we can’t work out
- How men and women experience worry differently
- The difference between processing worry and ruminating or suppressing it
- Dealing with worry and other negative thoughts and feelings
- Our tendency to ‘catastrophize’ things that don’t actually happen
- How children feel their parent’s worry and the power of focusing on what we want instead of what we’re scared of
- Trusting our children to make good decisions in their lives
- The role of communication in preventing and soothing worry
- Explosive reactions and how they can make your partner be avoidant
- The importance of giving and receiving confidence from each other
- The role of appreciation in building confidence in relationships
- Seeing a UFO on a starry night and the importance of expressing care in worry
- The difference between worry and anxiety
- The power of authenticity and value systems in lifting worry
- Allowing our partners to deal with their worry in their own way
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