Do you feel worried even when there is no reason to feel this way? A lot of people nowadays suffer from panic attacks and depression. In addition, many people don’t understand what chronic worrying actually is and they don’t understand people who suffer from it. Such people worry about everything in life, even such things which haven’t happened yet. They worry about their health, safety and things which they can’t control.
People who tend to worry a lot realize that worrying is not good for them emotionally and physically. Thus, there are 6 ways how you can help yourself not to worry so much.
- Plan your worry time. Although you may feel shocked hearing such a tip, but science has proven that it is important to schedule your worry time so you would fall asleep faster at night and improve your productivity. Thus, each day you should spend 20 minutes for worrying only. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you won’t worry through the rest of the day. When you notice negative thoughts coming into your head when it is not your scheduled time to worry, acknowledge these thoughts but don’t give them your full attention.
- Stop procrastinating. When you worry about stuff which you can do, you only waste your time. Instead of worrying, for example, about how much work you have to do this evening, stop procrastinating and start acting. You should create a list of all things you plan to do today and after you do them, cross them out.
- Talk to a friend. A lot of people notice that after they talk about their problems with someone from their closest environment, they become calmer. Family members are usually those people who understand us best. Thus, you should talk with them as they are always ready to support you and give you useful advice.
- Write a journal. Some people, especially those who are diagnosed with depression, find it hard to talk about their problems even with their family members. Thus, in order to feel better, it is useful to write a journal of your feelings and emotions. You can write down what things make you feel one way or another and think of solutions how to get rid of them.
- Turn your thoughts around. Worrying is a result of negative thinking patterns. Such patterns are developed during a longer period of time, thus, there is always a chance that you will succeed in turning them around and replace it with positive thoughts. How to do that? First, you need to know how much time per day you spend for worrying. Then, you should evaluate if those thoughts coming to your head are in fact true. Be objective when you evaluate them. Third, you need to come with
- Learn to relax. When you are relaxed, there is no place for worries. The best ways to relax include meditation, muscle relaxation techniques, deep breathing and yoga.
Mindful living, anxiety, mental health