Did you know that excessive worrying not only affects your mental state but has a negative impact on your physical health, too?
While a little worry can be even helpful as it helps you prepare for the upcoming situation, worrying too much affects your health to the extent of making you stressed, tired, extremely prone to depression, and even physically ill.
Constantly being plagued with thoughts can also affect your daily productivity. It causes you to become distracted and unable to focus. If you are a worrier, you probably know it. You may feel the draining effects of your thoughts on a daily basis. And chances are, your friends and family members often use phrases such as “you worry too much” or “relax” which usually makes you feel worse.
From someone on the outside looking in, constant worrying might seem pointless. But for those who struggle with being able to quiet their minds, letting go of their worries is much easier said than done.
Here’s how to train your brain to stop worrying:
1. Write down your worries
When you write down your worries down, it prepares you to conceptualize problems and find ways to resolve the situation. So, whether you don’t know what to say to someone or a boyfriend or family member is angering you, write it all down.
A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Chicago, anxious test-takers who wrote their feelings down on paper before a test, did much better on the test than those who didn’t. Researchers agree that the key to writing about your worries is to emphasize the most negative outcome for the reason of your anxiety.
2. Practice mindfulness meditation
At this point, it`s no wonder that meditation has a wide array of healing properties. Many different studies on the topic have confirmed that the act of closing the eyes and listening to your breath helps improve mental stability and cognitive function.
So, whenever you feel anxious or overwhelmed by your tight schedule, find the time to meditate. All you need is an open mind and a quiet space! Sitting for as little as two minutes helps feel more centered, optimistic, and clear-headed.
3. Channel your stress into exercise
Physical exercise makes your body feels less of the physical symptoms of stress. Consequently, your brain will interpret that there are fewer things to worry about since your body is not prone to stress and physical pain. Furthermore, you can experience mindset improvement in a short period of only 15 to 20 minutes.
Exercise is good for releasing the negative energy from your body and it is a great way to relieve stress, anxiety, and signs of depression. Therefore, if you feel like your worries are overwhelming and you can’t do anything to help yourself, start with some mild exercises. You can enjoy going for a walk or a nice stretch. You’ll be amazed how good you’ll feel afterward.
It’s only natural to worry, over the stressful situations life presents. What’s important is to not get consumed by the feelings of anxiousness and doubt, caused by worry. These simple practices, are very easy to put to use and are proven to be incredibly effective. Try them out the next time you find yourself breaking a nervous sweat, and get by with ease!