Four Keys to Reducing Daily Worries
You can start worrying right from the moment you wake up. Nowadays, people lead fast-paced lives that might keep them from experiencing the peaceful moments that let them see their own life from another perspective. However, in order to reduce your daily worries, you must also change the way you think.
It’s important to stop believing that worrying is a positive thing. This isn’t always the case. In fact, worrying is just a waste of time. Once you realize that worrying is a mind trap, you’ll be able to ‘deactivate’ the negative thoughts to start taking control of your mind.
This doesn’t mean that there’s no such thing as positive worrying that works as stimulation to act and solve a problem. But the moment your daily worries become recurrent and uncontrollable, they paralyze you instead of push you forward. Also, worrying has a negative impact on both your emotional and physical health.
Since your health should be your priority, here are the four keys to reducing your daily worries.
Meditation helps reduce your daily worries; it helps you disconnect from both internal and external ‘noise’ and makes you shift your focus. By focusing your attention on the present, you’ll be able to interrupt the infinite worry cycle related to your past and future.
Similarly, meditation is also a way of observing how your mind works and, as a consequence, of understanding your most negative thought patterns. All you need is a comfortable and calm place to do it. You should start by paying attention to your breathing.
According to some studies, meditating helps not only reduce daily worries but also stress and anxiety levels.
Set time aside for your daily worries
Sometimes, worrying for a few minutes each day can actually be very helpful. Planning the time of the day when you’ll worry is a powerful exercise that’ll help you better manage those ruminating thoughts.
Keep in mind that setting some time aside for your daily worries will also save you time because you won’t think about your problems until it’s the moment of the day to address them.
Working out helps you relax and sleep better and it’s a great distraction from your daily worries. It boosts your self-esteem and it simply makes you feel better.
You’ll notice the benefits even more if you exercise regularly. Those who do it often are less likely to have anxiety than those who lead a sedentary lifestyle.
Also, researchers claim that exercise not only reduces anxiety levels, but it also improves emotional well-being and boosts energy. They even believe that physical activity can help treat depression.
Talk about your worries
Another key to reducing your daily worries is talking about them with your most trusted friends, those who listen without judging nor criticizing and pay attention to what you’re saying without getting distracted.
When you start to worry, try to talk to those people. They’ll surely help you with your fears and put things in another perspective. Simply having someone listen to you can make you feel better. This way, your worries will stop taking up all your attention. Staying worried only feeds the anxiety and fear cycle. So let it all out.
Also, when you’re drowning in your worries, it’s harder to find moments of peace. But keep in mind that often the things you worry about won’t even happen or they don’t happen as you thought they would.
It’s important to arm yourself with strategies to change your perspective in order to see what you’re going through from another point of view. Try to calm down, look for alternatives, and focus only on finding a solution.
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”
-Corrie Ten Boom-