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10 Super Simple Tips To Worry Less

Worrying is something that simply everyone in the world experiences. It doesn’t necessarily do us any good, however. We’re not more compassionate, thoughtful, or better at solving problems when we worry. Even if we’re fretting with good intentions, what we’re doing is pointless and probably damaging in the long run.

You may not even realize how much you actually worry about, from big to small things, and what it is doing to your life quality. Big worries usually involve issues like:

•    Money
•    Health
•    Love

Little things that you might be driving yourself up the wall slowly over time are:

•    Passing a test
•    Being late to work
•    Missing an important deadline
•    Forgetting an important thing
•    Having no gas in your car
•    What you look like
•    What other people think of you

When you think about it, chances are you’ll notice the bad things that happened to you weren’t quite what you were worrying about. Essentially, you’re probably wasting your time and losing sleep for no beneficial reason. Worry is also a self-defeating cycle, as the more you do it, the more fearful you usually become.

If fear is starting to intrude in your life, try the following ten easy tips to worry less.

1.Pick Up A Book

Night worry is pretty common. You’re trying to sleep but all these racing thoughts just have you tossing and turning. It’s silent, you’re alone or with people who are sleeping, and you’ve got nothing to distract yourself with.

Grab a book, even if it’s just a cookbook. Read until you’re tired enough to try to go back to bed. If reading doesn’t cut it, try doing a small craft project or making a simple recipe for the next day instead. Whatever you do, move your focus from pointless worrying to something else. By being productive, you won’t give yourself the chance to let your worry take over, as your focus will move elsewhere.

2.Let Go

Generally, worrying involves the replaying of various scenarios in your mind. But no matter how often you do it, that won’t change outcomes in reality. Try acknowledging you don’t have any control over what you’re worrying about and let it go. You don’t want to own your worries because they are just not in line with the real situation.

3.Try Taking Action

Wondering and waiting around can definitely breed worry in people. Don’t go down the “What if?” path. Take some action, even if it’s just one little thing, that can improve whatever it is that you are worrying about. A tiny action is still better than simply thinking of the different ways things can go.

4.Talk To Someone

If you’re left alone with your worries, it’s more likely that you’ll go into a tailspin. Speak to a person you trust about the situation and your fears. He or she can lend another perspective and help calm some of your concerns.

5.Write Your Worries Out

If you don’t feel as if you can talk to someone about your concerns, write them out. Once they’re on paper, you can see your worries for what they really are. Review them and identify what parts are reality and what parts are just overblown by your fear. Putting the words down on paper can also help clear your mind.

6.Get Some Exercise

Get your brain onto a different track by having it keep up with your body. Do jumping jacks, take a fast walk or dance energetically around your living room. Try anything that will get your heart rate up and force your mind to work on something else.

7.Procrastinate A Little

Allow yourself to put your worries off until the next day. In the light of a new day, you probably won’t even remember what you were worrying about the night before.

8.Avoid Google

Don’t panic and run to the web for answers. Chances are you’ll just get yourself more upset. This is especially true for medical stuff. While places like WebMD are great resources, they are not intended to diagnose people via the Internet. In the end, you’ll probably convince yourself something terrible is going to happen, even if that has no real root in reality.

9.Take Time To Reflect

Think about the last time you worried. How did that turn out? What did your worrying actually achieve? How do you end up feeling when you worried?

Learn from your answers and acknowledge that when worries pop up, you don’t have to run with them. Focus on something that is truly important instead.

10.Help Someone Out

One way to take focus off your own worries is by turning your attention to someone else. Try helping out a friend, neighborhood, family member or even a stranger to turn your attention elsewhere.

Try one or more of the tips above when you find yourself worrying. Over time, you’ll find yourself worrying less and remove stress from your life.

Most people have similar worry categories, like money, health and love. But worrying about these big areas generally won’t do you any good at all. Try the following ways to help deal with your biggest worries.

For Money:

Remove the power money is exerting over your emotions by changing how you think about it.

Money will be in and out throughout your entire life, and it will always be unpredictable, but you can help alleviate worries by getting better at handing it. Try financial advice, such as through an agency, or use free resources on the web to get a handle on your financial situation. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you stick to it.

For Love:

Love is a powerful force. Many people worry about losing love, finding love and being loved. The easiest way to free yourself from love worries is to notice and remember that love is all around and you don’t get it from just one place or person. To receive more love, try giving, noticing and appreciating it more.

For Health:

Worrying about health is pretty common, but did you know it can actually make you unhealthy? Stress and anxiety isn’t good for you, and driving yourself up the wall over your healPin Itth and the health of your loved ones brings both in spades.

Instead of fretting over your health, try to be as healthy as you can instead, no matter what your situation. Be an example to your loved ones too, as you can inspire them to take better care of themselves, giving you less to worry about!

If you’re concerned about a specific condition or diagnosis you have, try to connect with others in the same situation, such as in a support group or on forums online. Having support from other people in the same boat as you can make a significant difference when it comes to your own health.

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Katherine Hurst
By Rachel Nall
She is a 2005 honors program graduate from the University of Tennessee in Journalism and Political Science. Selected as a "Torchbearer" at the University of Tennessee, the highest honor given to a university student. She began her writing career with the Associated Press in Brussels, Belgium. She enjoys writing about health care, her practice and passion. Rachel is a full-time nurse at a 20-bed intensive care unit focusing primarily on cardiac care. She enjoys educating her patients and readers on how to live healthier and happier lives.

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