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How to Worry Less Everyday

Do you find that you’re continually fighting with your worries? Do they distress you because you feel controlled by them or that if you don’t worry then something bad might happen? Do your worries pour into your head when you wake at night? Finally, when you’ve started worrying, do you find it almost impossible to stop?

Don’t worry. You are not alone. Here are few ways in which you can start worrying less today and everyday. Next time when worry hits, think about these :

  • Imagine yourself later, when you will look back at your life.
  • Start saying no to people.
  • Talk to someone about it.
  • Imagine if someone was sharing these worries with you, what would you say to him/her?
  • Take action, try and try again.
  • Zoom Out.
  • Empty your mind.
  • Exercise.
  • Embrace uncertainty even if it’s scary.
  • Write about it.
  • Live in the present.
  • Have a plan.
  • Draw your situation and write the results of all possibilities.
  • Don’t google it.
  • Read.

Your attitude about coping with worry and anxiety is also important. Many people with acute anxiety are serious and upset and think they have to get a handle on their anxiety immediately. Try these steps to see if there is a change.

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    • Your brain is constantly creating electrical signals. You can see these signals when you place electrodes on the scalp and connect them to a monitoring device called an electroencephalogram (EEG). They look like waves. Every time you encounter any stimulus or event (e.g., a frightening sound, an unusual thought, or a reason to move), these brain waves change. And you can see this response on the EEG as well.

      One important type of brain wave is a sharp negative (downward) signal that occurs when you make an error, even if you are not aware of it. And in people who worry, this negative signal is much larger. The larger signal reflects the compensatory effort that anxious people need to make when tuning out distracting worries. This extra effort uses thinking resources that could otherwise be better used to focus on other activities, for example answering test questions.

      If expressive writing frees up mental resources, we would expect the negative signal to be reduced, as there would be fewer distracting worries stored in the brain.

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  1. This is so nice! We often beat around the bush instead of reaching for simplicity.This approach is straight-forward and practical. It seems very helpful in real situations. Thank you.

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    • I am glad you liked it Ria. Worrying can become a habit. Your brain makes anything you do efficient by repetition. You must consciously decide to change habits or they become your default. When you are in the habit of worrying, going over and over the same material as if there is more to learn or decide, you tend to do it with everything. There are other ways to eliminate the habit of worrying.

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    • Hi Jessy, Everyone worries. Worrying can even be helpful when it spurs you to take action and solve a problem. But if you’re preoccupied with “what ifs” and worst-case scenarios, worry becomes a problem. Unrelenting anxious thoughts and fears can be paralyzing. They can sap your emotional energy, send your anxiety levels soaring, and interfere with your daily life. But chronic worrying is a mental habit that can be broken. You can train your brain to stay calm and look at life from a more balanced, less fearful perspective.

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    • Worry is defined as, to think about problems or unpleasant things that might happen in a way that makes you feel unhappy and frightened. May these quotes inspire you to not worry so that you live the life of your dreams. Worry, doubt, fear, and despair are the enemies which slowly bring us down to the ground.”

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