Learning how to stop worrying takes practice, and sometimes you’ll still find this feeling creeping back up in certain situations. While it’s impossible to completely avoid, there are some strategies that will help make things more tolerable.
In 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK.
With statistics like this, it’s clear that understanding how to stop worrying is an important cause. Otherwise, it can completely take over your life and cause you to live less fulfilled.
Here at Relief from Pain, we’re regularly hearing cases of people that have become overwhelmed with dread. Despite popular belief, pain comes in many forms and doesn’t always show itself through physical ailments. Sometimes emotional pains – like worrying – cause just as much (or more) suffering.
In today’s post, I’m going to take you through 4 strategies that will help you find the relief you need. Make sure to let me know in the comments which strategy you plan to use!
1. Turn to Problem-Solving Instead of Worry
Simply reacting to an unfortunate situation or feeling creates a breeding ground for worry. Most of the time, the things we react to are often beyond our control. For example, someone we love being injured or ill... In these circumstances, worrying only causes unneeded stress and anxiety in an already trying situation.
Meanwhile, there are other times where we choose to worry – even though we have some control over the outcome. For example, worrying about our finances. While it may seem beyond your control, there are actually plenty of ways you can make some extra money.
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2. Practice Being Present in the Moment
Knowing how to stop worrying starts with removing yourself from the thought. Mindfulness is a great way to accomplish this. The foundation of anxiety is stressing about a future moment. When you take time to come back to the present, you can release those thoughts.
I like Jodie Gien’s mindfulness tips for calming anxiety:
One of the best ways to calm yourself down is to anchor yourself by directing your attention into the lower half of your body. Begin by focusing on your feet and how they feel inside your socks or shoes and against the ground. Expand your attention to include the sensations first in your lower legs and then in your upper legs – do they feel heavy or light? Warm or cool? Tingly or numb? Now include the sensations of your breathing, really relaxing as you breathe out.
How do you bring yourself into a state of mindfulness?
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3. Don’t Suppress and Hide Your Feelings
“Research suggests that suppressing emotions often leads to anxiety and panic attacks. Sometimes people hold back their emotions out of fear, and this can then lead them to feel anxious.” – Michael Cohen
Burying your feelings is unhealthy for a myriad of reasons, and an increase of anxiety is toward the top of the list. When something stressful happens, it’s easy to either worry about those feelings or attempt to suppress them.
The irony is that people often suppress feelings in an attempt to escape worry.
But nothing is further from the truth. Over time, those feelings will continue to fester and the worry will grow. The best thing you can do is share your heart with a confidant.
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4. Write Your Worries in a Journal
Despite serving as a log of your life, journaling also has many mental health benefits. Dr. Romie shares a few great journaling tips:
“Numerous psychological studies show that writing down our feelings or journaling reduces anxiety. If you are someone that likes to take pen to paper, keeping a journal handy to write down your worries is an excellent exercise. If journaling sounds like another chore you don't have time for, consider recording your journal. Smartphones and new computers have built in audio software with a microphone. Tap the microphone button and start recording your thoughts.”
Regardless of your method, the point is to release those thoughts from your mind into a tangible form. By doing so, you can let go of the unnecessary worry and start to see things from a more clear, logical perspective.
[Read More: Turn Around Negative Habits Through Journaling]
Now You Know How to Stop Worrying!
Regardless of why you’re feeling this way, knowing how to stop worrying is the key to relief. I hope that you’ve found some value in this article. And if you have, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
We’re all on a journey to living a more fulfilled life. By letting go of our anxieties, we’re one step closer to that goal.