Worrying is a vicious cycle. It feeds on itself, and you can easily get trapped in your anxiety. This is known as rumination, and it definitely keeps you from living your best life.
Fortunately, there are ways to break free from this trap. Worrying is a waste of time and energy.
Follow these tips to put an end to the cycle.
Consider Past Worries
We can often take a lesson from our past, as noted in yesterday’s post. In this case, it has to do with your past worries.
Think about some of the things that once worried you the most. How many of those things actually came to be? Chances are, they never actually happened at all. You only worried that they would.
Knowing this should help to relieve some of your current anxiety.
Reflect on the Worst-Case Scenario
Our old friend, the worst-case scenario, definitely comes into play again where worry is concerned.
As with our past worries, our current worst fear isn’t likely to happen. If it does, you’ll probably survive and it’s not likely to be as bad as you thought.
So, go ahead and think about the worst. Then break it down to realise how unlikely this scenario is to occur.
Don’t Read into Things
One thing that can really fuel worries is wondering about the motivations of others.
You can’t control anyone else’s actions or beliefs. You only have power over yourself.
Therefore, it’s not worth taking the time and energy to worry about what others may think about you or why they are acting a certain way. Chances are good that you had nothing to worry about in the first place.
Let It Out
One of the best ways to get rid of worry is to let it out.
You probably know it’s not healthy to bottle up your feelings, and this includes worry. Instead, find someone you trust to talk to about what’s on your mind. Having an unbiased source to help you process things can provide new perspective and reduce your worry.
If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone about what’s bothering you, try writing it down. Make a list or write a journal about the issue. This is another way to process your feelings and manage your worry. It can bejust as cathartic as talking it out.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to get rid of some of your worries with these tips. Allowing worry and anxiety to overwhelm you keeps you from living your best life.