Work to do. Bills to pay. Meals to prepare. Bosses to deal with. Worrying, we all do it. While it can be helpful – unnecessary worrying drain your emotional energy, causing stress and anxiety.
We all know that stress and anxiety aren’t the best for our physical or mental health; so taking back control could lead to a healthier and happier life. I’ve outlined seven actionable methods you can implement today to get rid of your stress and worries for good and to start living a happier, healthier life.
1. Ask The Question
Is the issue making you worried, solvable? If so, write down a few ways to deal with the problem, pick the most logical choice, and follow it through. It may become evident that the problem doesn’t actually exist yet, and your mind is playing tricks on you by making you think ‘what if’. If the problem does exist and is unsolvable, at least in the short term, dial into your emotions and work to control any negative thoughts. Be okay with some things being out of your control and strengthen a ‘No worrying’ attitude.
2. Confront Your Thoughts
If you fall into the trap of immediately jumping to conclusions or the worst-case scenario, try to acknowledge that your thoughts are not facts. Is there a better way of looking at the situation? What evidence is there to suggest your thoughts aren’t actually true? Take a moment to think through your concerns logically, and stop believing everything your mind is telling you.
3. Take a Worry Break
We’ve all pushed worries to the back of our minds only for it to return at a later date, with a lot of anxiety and more intense than ever. Be real with how you are feeling, and allow yourself to do so. It’s important not to let yourself become overwhelmed with emotions, especially when most of us are working from home and quarantined inside. So, set aside a certain amount of time per day to allow yourself to address precisely how you are feeling. After this, the rest of the day should be spent worry-free.
4. Be Mindful
Practicing mindfulness is one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to dealing with anxiety and panic attacks. If you can’t stop worrying about the future or the past, giving way to panic attacks and stress, then mindfulness is the solution for you.
You can practice it by putting the focus on your emotions, and accepting them in a non-judgmental way. There are plenty of free resources to help you delve into mindfulness and meditation, and a great place to start would be YouTube. Many apps like The Mindfulness App, Calm, and Headspace are a great way to begin.
5. Phone a Friend
A problem shared is a problem halved. Whatever issues you are dealing with, isolating and trying to handle everything by yourself will only lead to amplification of negative thoughts. Reach out to your loved ones for support. Call them or connect via video calls. You can use apps like Zoom to have an easy flow of conversation.
Understanding that you are not alone and have all you need to deal with your worries head-on – friends, family, colleagues, support groups, counselors and mentors – will increase your chances of recovering much quicker.
One of the most natural methods to tackle worry and anxiety is to get more sleep. Although it sounds easy in theory, many people struggle to achieve the right balance. Insomnia is battled by at least 1 in 3 people all over the world. Obtaining 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night has countless benefits for adults, and you can quite easily identify that you aren’t getting enough sleep when you notice a change in your mood. Some ill-effects of poor sleep patterns and insomnia can be:
- Your thinking is impaired and productivity is reduced
- Attitude gets altered drastically
- Physical health and metabolism go down
7. You Can Do It!
No matter what, recognize that you can handle your problems and worries, just as you always have done. Trusting yourself for the ability to make the ‘right’ decision for yourself is critical. Spend less time dwelling on what you think you ‘should have’ done. Making mistakes is a part of life. It is how we learn, and what makes us human. You’ve got this!
Now that you’ve read about our top seven ways to quit worrying, it’s time to put these steps into action!