“Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” – Mark Twain
Worrying is wasteful. It absolutely drains your mental function and keeps you in a paralyzed state. Some argue that worrying is a helpful coping function that is designed to get us to think and plan ahead. While a fraction of that is true, if it continues to manifest at a higher volume, it can greatly impact your concentration, productivity and overall mood.
Worrying is the intangible acid that will erode your well-being and positive mentality. And to make matters worse – most of the things we worry about never happen. In the literal sense of the word, we are creating problems out of thin air. And over time, this habitual worrying can morph into a habit that will constantly remove you from enjoying and embracing the present.
Here are four tips on how you can control your worrying by taking proactive measures to combat against it disintegrating your thoughts.
- Do it now – not later
Remember the 3 D’s or productivity? When issues arise you can deal with it, delegate it or delete it. Procrastination is a deadly addiction that fuels the worry.
By handling an item immediately, it frees up your future and mitigates any pent up worrisome thoughts.
- Write it down
The earlier point provided a perfect segue into this next step. When something troubles you, whether it’s financials, your career, car problems or health concerns – sitting around and worrying won’t fix anything. Understandably, some things are out of your control, but there is always something you can do. Write a list of all the steps needed to eradicate this worry – making it completely removed from your cognitive space. A University of Chicago study concluded that if you empty your mind of your fears, it helps you reassess your situation better.
- Get in touch with nature
“Nature – it’s cheaper than therapy.” This old adage still holds a lot of truth. Walking in the woods and relaxing to the sound of nature can greatly reduce your levels of stress and anxiety. Removing yourself from the urban jungle to the rural areas can have massively beneficial improvements to your overall psyche. Go for a walk and find a nice park to reconnect with nature.
- Breathe deeply
Deep breathing – the best worry-reliever there is. Deep yoga breaths anchor us to the present and bring us back from the foreign land of worry. When you begin to get overwhelmed with something – inhale deeply with confidence and exhale your fears smoothly.
Whether you are bogged down by the troubles of today or the worries of tomorrow – you are the driver of your happiness in this life and you hold the power of consent when it comes to worrying. If you aren’t happy with the direction your life is going in professionally or personally – learn more about our coaching programs and how you can get back in the drivers seat.