If you’ve ever experienced anxiety or chronic worrying, you probably know first-hand how constantly worrying can take over your life. Many people who suffer from an anxiety disorder struggle with irrational thoughts. These thoughts can become a very heavy burden, weighing negatively on your relationships, self-esteem, and other aspects of your life.
For instance, you may worry about things that haven’t even happened or are out of your control, such as your health or safety, or the health and safety of your family. These thoughts can range from rational to completely irrational. Clearly these thoughts can impact you emotionally and mentally, contributing to your symptoms of panic and anxiety.
Considering how disruptive worrying can be, you may be wondering how you can stop worrying so much. Here are 5 ways to stop worrying and relax more:
- Disconnect – It does wonders when we disconnect, whether that means going outside or losing ourselves in exercise or a creative activity. Exercise works just as well as medication for some people to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression by keeping your mind occupied. Creativity promotes self-confidence and stress reduction. Coloring books aren’t just for kids – in recent years, adults have started coloring to benefit from its stress relieving and calming abilities.
- Talk it out – Confide in someone you trust about your worries. Letting out these emotions and acknowledging them for exactly what they are will allow you to let them go. Hearing another person's opinion on your worries can also give you a surprising sense of perspective.
- Face your fears – Often times our inability to make a decision, or anxiety around making a decision, results in avoiding issues. However, avoiding these issues can make you feel much more anxious than if you would just take care of it . Being proactive and dealing with the problem can decrease the amount of worry and stress you endure.
- Remind yourself that it’s never as bad as you think – Making a list of positive things in your life can help combat those negative thoughts. Positive things are all around us, you just have to look for them.
- Accept the uncertainty – No one knows the future, so why spend time worrying about it? Keep yourself focused on the present moment. Worrying about what will happen in the future will only cause you stress and anxiety. When you live in the past or future, you miss out on the freedom and peace in the now.
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