(this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV)
Defined roughly as a “state of anxiety” over actual or potential troubles.
As I write this a storm is coming in. We recently bought a new car so we parked the car in a nearby parking ramp because we didn’t want hail to hurt the finish of the very pretty car. But once we did it, we moved on and didn’t think anymore.
We DID worry about the hailstorm. We took action to address the WORRY. Once we implemented our plan of action, worry was released.
Worry that leads to action that leads to release of the worry could actually be good.
Some people worry that the stock market might go down. The problem is that they cannot control the stock market. Their worry cannot spur action. Well it could – they could sell the stock. Then they will worry that they are missing out on the market going up. People who worry about the stock market very likely will worry simple to worry.
If you are RVing in Florida having the time of your life and you are worried about the 6 feet of snow that could potentially break the roof on your house, you are being a slave to your house. You are TAKING FROM your joy of the current moment and placing mental energy on something you can’t control and cannot take any action to remedy short of double checking your insurance. This is a great example of how possessions can keep you a slave to worry.
Worry that spurs you to action is good worry. That worry is temporary. One of the most important words in the definition is the word “state”. The state of anxiety is a state that is fight or flight. When you are in a fight or flight mode, you will produce cortisol. Cortisol is good for short periods of time, but for extended periods of time, cortisol will shorten your life.
For you to effectively know if you need to downsize something you need to ask yourself “Will I be thinking about this [insert thing here] while I am a thousand miles away from here?” If the answer is yes, then you need to seriously consider exchanging the item for cash.
Note: If you exchange something for cash because you were going to worry about the thing, then worry that you are missing out in stock market returns, you might need professional help. Certainly the question has to be – what exactly is it that you want or need out of all this worry?
But if you can be free from worry, you can completely detox your body from cortisol, get yourself some sleep, and leave your troubles behind.
Wasn’t that why you bought your RV in the first place?