It can feel almost unbearable waiting for future outcomes to transpire. Sometimes our worries are small and manageable and pass, but sometimes worry becomes a chronic default setting. When we worry chronically, it becomes second nature to live in this revved up state of anxiety and restlessness. Know that you are not alone.
Instead of replaying the same old worries day after day, why don’t we look at how to stop stressing and start living peacefully.
1. Take time for silence.
We need to firstly understand why we worry. Worry comes from unpleasant thoughts that our mind manifests. When we follow our thoughts, we tent to dwell, fixate, exaggerate and obsess. Through silence, we can become acquainted with these thoughts and through target mindfulness and meditation, we can change these thoughts.
2. Get rid of stuff.
Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff. We eat consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise. Material possessions are things we can lose and with that comes worry and stress. By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.
3. Give yourself a safe space.
Whether your safe space is a room designed for yoga or meditation or simply your bedroom or office, the point is it should be relaxing. A place where you can close the doors to the outside stressors and just breathe.
4. Create a budget.
Even though it may seem like you’ll never have enough money, you need to stop stressing about it. One way to stop worrying about money is to gain control over it. Create a budget and follow it.
5. Organize your time and self.
When you over extend, you are being flung in every direction, and when that happens, you are not really following through on anything or doing anything particularly great. This ignites stress. We want to be perfect for everyone all of the time. Make effective use of time. Learn how to say no. Set a realistic schedule and forget about the expectations others project onto you.
6. Stop being influenced by media.
The media can make us feel like we are not thin, rich or successful enough. It instills fear of war, disease and even coffee. The media can be fear based and a breeding ground for worry.
Are your worries realistic? Ask yourself this question.
It releases endorphins, which make the brain feel good. It also reduces the body’s stress hormones.
Stop worrying about the things that may or may not happen and start being thankful for the things you have right now. Developing an attitude of gratitude can transform our state of mind.
10. Trust yourself.
Do you worry about whether you’re on the right path? Get quiet so that you can hear the small voice deep inside of you. Your inner GPS won’t steer you the wrong way.
Your inner compass will guide you in the right direction.
Remember these things:
Worrying accomplishes nothing.
Worrying is bad for you.
Worrying is the opposite of trust and peace.
Worrying puts your attention in the wrong direction.
When worry does grab a hold of you, these fun tips can help stop it from snowballing:
Listen to music
Go to a party
Read a book
Have a movie night with your friends
Have a family outing
Spend a day at the beach
Take a relaxing cleansing breath ….
Feel the stress float away.