When it comes to worrying less, is there actually a trick to it?
As much as I want to say yes, there isn’t. For years, I used to worry about pretty much everything that came my way. To be fair, I still deal with quite a bit of worry from time to time. The amount of worrying that I do now is so low, and I never thought that would be possible. While worrying less may not solve all of your problems, it can definitely be a way of eliminating anxiety! Especially with the holidays coming up, anxiety is higher for most of us. I’m sharing my three tips to start worrying less right now!
What is the value of what is causing you to worry
When I say find the value, I mean how much of that worry is part of your life? Everything in our life has some sort of value. Everyone’s values will be different, and that is important to know. For me, my career, family, dog, and education have higher values than what I would consider being extra. If what is causing you to worry is not one of the big parts of your life, is it really worth it? I find myself asking “Is this worth it” a lot in my life. In my career, in my purchasing decisions, and especially when it comes to my mental health. I recently had to start back on medication to manage my anxiety and depression, but have seen significant changes. I’m all about getting the help that you need, and if that is professional care, please, there are tons of resources, use them! The NIMH has a great list of places that you can reach out to if that is the case! Worrying less is definitely the goal, but health should be your main priority.
Honestly, worrying isn’t going to solve your problem, ever
I know that we can’t really stop worrying about things that easily. Sometimes you’ll have to literally ask yourself what the point is. By understanding that worrying isn’t going to solve your problems, you can train yourself to actually just worry less overall. Even though I’m sort of a control freak, there are things I can’t control, can you believe that?! I know that a lot of us are unhappy about our careers, politics, and overall societal issues right now. Every time I get on Facebook or watch the news, I get mad. Realizing that I can’t fix every problem I have has been a huge help to me. If you really want to start worrying less, figure out a way to just close that part of you that stores these feelings. Control what you can control, stop what you don’t want to do, and just make choices that are the best for you. There is nothing wrong with being selfish about how you feel, or what you want.
Get rid of whatever is making you worry!
I think the easiest way to worry less is to simply eliminate the cause! Although we can’t quit our jobs, move across the world, or anything like that, we can cut some of them out. As a blogger, I spent a good amount of time worrying about how I looked, and tons of things on Instagram. By unfollowing those who were making me feel bad, I was less worried about it. You can do that with many things in your life as well. The source could be your environment or even a person in your life. Cutting toxic people out of your life is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I have been working on eliminating toxic people over the past few years, and I actually feel better than I ever have before. If there is an internal problem, try creating a journal to deal with those thoughts. You can even use a journal to record positive thoughts, and just knock out the bad ones!
How do you worry less?