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A little worry can be a healthy emotion. It keeps us thinking ahead and helps us plan for the future. However, too much can be detrimental and stops us living our lives to the fullest. There are some things we can’t control and worrying actually changes nothing. Here’s how to stop worrying too much and begin living a more care free life.
Clear your head – you can’t worry about everything all of the time. Try organising your worries and writing them down. Which ones are actually worth spending time on? What can you change? Try allowing yourself a set time to worry and keeping your mind clear the rest of the time. Many people practice mindfulness and meditation to achieve this.
Rational thought – challenge yourself to think clearly and rationally. Is this problem one you can solve with action? If so make a plan and stick to it. If you can’t see a solution, a coaching session may help you find one.
If you’re worrying about something you can’t control – the weather, illness, death – then it’s best to acknowledge the worry as normal, accept it, and then put it aside so you can be free to continue with your life. Worrying about these things doesn’t actually help or make them less likely to happen. All it does it take enjoyment from the present moment.
Talk it through – it can help to talk through your worries with family, friends or a professional therapist. A coaching session could help you challenge your worrying thoughts and make a plan to address them or a hypnotherapy session could uncover the root of the issues and help you change the way you think.
Socialise – try not to become reclusive and spend too much time alone. Worry is like a monster – the more you feed it, the stronger it becomes. Spend more time with loved ones and positive people to refocus your outlook.
Face your fears – if you’ve been worrying about the same thing for a while now – perhaps dealing with a conflict, making a speech, a job interview or trying something new – it’s often better just to face your fear and do it. All that effort worrying about it is just wasted energy when you could be taking action.
Let it go – If your worries are about uncertain situations you can’t control such as accidents or illness you can often spend so long trying not to think about these things that in reality they dominate your every moment. Face the fear and really think about what could happen. Now ask yourself the actual likelihood of this happening. They are risks we all live with but does it really deserve this much time and energy? Hypnotherapy can be a powerful way of combating this type of obsession.
Count your blessings – instead of worrying about the bad things that might happen spend time focusing on the good things in your present. It’s much more rewarding to spend time thanking rather than worrying. A lot of worry comes from the fear of losing the things we love but it’s much more enjoyable to think positively than negatively.
Say no when you need to – if your worry stems from stress, try living a lifestyle that encourages a stress-free mind. Clear out the clutter, eat healthily, exercise, organise well, budget carefully and say no to people when you need to. Don’t let yourself become so busy you can’t manage.
Trust yourself – many people find a calming relief just by trusting themselves to deal with the worst if it does happen. They think, “I cannot control this so I will not worry, I will simply accept that it could happen and trust that, if the time came, I could deal with it.” Until then, why worry?
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