Stop worrying today
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Chances are, something is nagging at you right now. Excessive worry can be detrimental to your health, robbing you of sleep and increasing your cravings for high-fat, high-sugar comfort food. It can also lead to suppression of your immune system, digestive problems and premature coronary artery disease.
If worrying has become a spigot that you sometimes find hard to turn off, it’s time to develop some coping strategies to help put your mind at ease.
Make a list
Start to take control by identifying your stressors. Much of what you’re concerned about is likely out of your control. Being mindful of what you can control helps improve your ability to stay in the moment.
Relax, but not in front of the television
Instead, try deep breathing and deep stretching. These all have a physical effect on the mind and body.
Make ‘Me’ time
You’re also more likely to dial back worry when you take time for yourself. Read a book, engage in a hobby or take a walk.
Connect with friends
Talking to friends and getting positive feedback can also be helpful.
It may be uncomfortable but pat yourself on the back from time to time.
Diet and exercise make a difference
Exercise can ease away your worries. Eat a healthy, balanced diet, and cut back if you’re a caffeine fiend. Caffeine triggers the nervous system and can make you feel nervous and jittery.
Try taking time once a week to count your blessings.
Get rid of the worry
Write down your worries on a piece of paper and then toss it, just like you would last week’s grocery list. When you discard the note, you symbolically discard the thoughts as well.
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