Have you ever noticed that worry creates worry? You have a thought, and you let fester. Before you know it, that thought has morphed into worry. This worry then leads you down a path of more thoughts and more worry.
Worrying is a vicious cycle. It can lead to anxiety depression and frustration if “untreated.” I caught myself entering this cycle this morning. I had a thought and it almost immediately turned into worry then more thoughts started to come and develop based on that first initial thought. Thankfully I have been more aware of this pattern lately, so I was able to cut it off at the source.
Cutting it off at the source means that you drop the thought. You meet it with understanding and the reality that it is no more than an idea and in no way a fact. You rationalize rather than worry. It can be challenging to do this, but if you can see the pattern before it even starts, you will save yourself a lot of time and energy.