How to stop worrying in challenging times: My Worry Jar
The cost of living is skyrocketing. The Worry Jar will help you stop worrying so much about challenging times, now and in the future.
What is a Worry Jar?A Worry Jar is simply a jar where you bottle up your worries. By putting your worries inside a jar, you honor your worries, think of them from another perspective, and lovingly release them. Having a Worry Jar is having a ritual that allows you to free your mind of worries, release them lovingly, and make space to receive creative solutions to the problems you’re worrying about.
What do you need for your Worry Jar?The materials you need for your worry jar are easy to find and cheap if you want to buy them. There’s no excuse to have a Worry Jar.
A crystal JarFirst, you’ll need the most essential thing: a nice crystal jar [affiliate link]. I use what I call “soup jars.” You can use these jars to keep soup or salads in the fridge. I have many of these and use them for storing food for two or three days. Since I’m pretty busy and like to keep my fridge tidy, I use these jars to plan my meals. You can use a jam, Nutella, or beans jar instead. Only make sure that you clean it up and get rid of the lid. The important part is that you can see the contents through the crystal.
Paper of different colorsYou might also want to use lovely colored papers [affiliate link]. I love using colored paper because I associate each color with a feeling. Since different worries make me feel differently, I use different colors for different feelings related to my feelings. For example, purple paper is for angry worries; pink paper is for worries pertaining to relationships, and so on. You don’t need to use colored paper, but when you recycle the worries inside your worry jar, you’ll see your feelings when you had them and which ones were more prevalent.
Colored pensYou can also use Stabilo highlighters [affiliate link], Frision pens [affiliate link], and sharpies [affiliate link]. I use different colors to write my worries depending on how strongly I feel about them or if I want to make them pop up on the paper while I write them.
How to make the most of your Worry JarTo make the most of your worry jar, allow yourself to have some time to write your worries and store them in the jar. There’s a specific ritual that you can use that will help you lovingly release the worry.
Write your worry on colored paperWrite a worry that’s bugging you on colored paper. Take your time. Each worry is different, so you might write for longer sometimes, and for others, it’ll be pretty quick. You honor your worry by being present when you write it on paper.
Fold your worry carefully and put it into the Worry JarFold your worry nicely. Once you put all the day’s worries in your Worry Jar, release them lovingly with a simple prayer. You can think while doing it about a divinity of your own understanding. Here’s mine:
I release my worries into your hands to transform them into positive energy.
Close the Worry Jar and put it on a shelfWhen you close the lid, you can say the prayer above and then store your worry jar on a shelf. Retake it when you need to put more worries into it.
Recycle the contents of the Worry Jar when it’s fullOnce your worry jar is full, recycle the contents in the paper bin. When you do so, you can repeat the prayer so that you remember to keep releasing your worries.
The key is to make space in your mindBy releasing your worries and intending to transform them into positive energy, you’re creating clarity and space in your mind to welcome creative solutions to the problems creating those worries.
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