Worry consists of negative thoughts, images and emotions crossing our mind, often associated with stress and anxiety. Everyone experiences worry at some point and some more than others, but it’s important to remember how much this negative energy can affect you over time. To worry less, try to establish habits for positive thinking that you can build on and embrace for a happier existence.
Find the clarity. The next time you find yourself in a worry-induced state, ask yourself simple questions. What is the likelihood of this happening? Is it realistic? If it happened to come true, how can I deal with it? Answering these questions forces you to stop and reflect, helping to clear your mind.
In their shoes. Often worry comes from not knowing what others are thinking; specifically, worrying if you are being judged. When this happens, try to see it from their point of view. If roles were reversed would you judge or criticise them in that moment? Try to remind yourself that the thought most likely didn’t even cross their mind.
Put pen to paper. Writing down our thoughts and feelings can be extremely beneficial for our wellbeing, especially when worrying about an event or a decision. Find time to sit quietly and write down what has been on your mind, maybe even creating a pro/con list or dot pointing your thoughts. Once the thoughts are no longer just in your mind, you may be able to articulate a solution.
Get moving. One of the most effective ways to escape worrying thoughts is to distract the mind. Taking time away from a repetitive thought by exercising, socialising, working or finding a hobby can work wonders for a worried mind, and possibly help you gain some perspective.
If you find yourself often struggling with worry it is always best to talk to someone. Speak with family or friends; however, if the problem is more serious don’t hesitate to contact a mental health professional or organisation for further help.
This article was originally published in Issue 5, Audrey Daybook – Moments of Peace.