We, people, are really strange creatures. We can find happiness in little and insignificant things, but we can also get upset, anxious and worried just by hearing something we find unpleasant. Although it is normal for us to get a little anxious and worried, it is not normal when it all becomes overwhelming. Whether you’re trying to complete all of your tasks til the end of the week or you’re rushing the home renovation process, the constant worrying can put you under a lot of stress, which can harm your overall well being.
Excessive worrying and anxiety can impact your daily life in many different ways, from worse sleep quality to bad dieting. So, what do you do to prevent getting overly stressed over nothing? As medication and drugs come with a plenty of side effects, it’s safe to say that they are not an efficient solution. Luckily, there are some things you can do for yourself to reduce the stress, anxiety and excessive worrying. Here are 5 simple steps to help you regain control over your worried mind.
The first and most important step of all 5 is to identify what causes your brain to worry and makes you anxious. Are you getting anxious when you’re around some people? Is it happening at a specific time of day or at night? What is the flow of your thoughts leading to anxiety and worrying? These three questions may help you get on the right path of identifying what puts you under stress. Next time you experience an anxiety attack or catch yourself worrying too much, try to figure out what are you thinking and what’s going on in your mind. Once you identify the source, the following 4 steps will help you get rid of your anxiety and worrying.
Many people struggle to live in the moment, as they are stuck in the memories of their past. You’ll be surprised to find out how often this is the source of anxiety and worrying. And usually, those memories are upsetting, unpleasant and full of regrets. So what do they bring to the table for you? A plate full of negative thoughts and misery for dessert. If you don’t start living in the now, you’re missing a unique opportunity to be happy in the moment. With the help of all of your senses, you can experience amazing things, not only a solution to your problem or a distraction.
Anxiety can sometimes be a consequence of a vast of unused energy. And is there a better way to get rid of excessive energy than by engaging yourself in a physical activity? Exercises do not help you sort your thoughts and free yourself of anxiety and worrying, but they can also help you deal with your emotions in a long run. By starting to exercise on a regular basis, you’ll see an improved sleep quality, reduced stress, improved self-esteem and improved blood pressure, along with your mood. The more intense the exercises, the quicker and more efficient the solution.
Yes, it does seem like a solution from Captain Obvious, yet not many people put it into practice. Thinking about the problem that causes you anxiety can often create more anxiety. There is a time when you must redirect your mind and do some activities that promise to improve your mood. Start watching a popular sit-com like Frasier or 3rd Rock From The Sun and you’re in for a quick mood-boost. Go out with your friends and have a drink or two. Get back to the gym. If there is something you can do about what’s causing your anxiety, you’ll be in a much better position to do so when you’ve lifted up your spirit a bit. Guided by negative feelings, you’re not very likely to get rid of your anxiety and worrying.
Relaxing is a great, if not the best, way to get rid of anxiety and excessive worrying, but in order to truly relax, you need to find what does work best for you. Meditation is supposedly the most efficient way to relax, as it helps you clean your mind of negative thoughts and feelings and become more aware of the situation in which you are. By sitting quietly in a room, you’re becoming aware of your own thoughts, without trying to change them. But for some people, meditation is really difficult and they cannot do it properly. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to relax, such as massage, yoga, running, hiking, listening to music, dancing and aromatherapy bath.