How to stop worrying all of the time

cropped-cristinagreatcolor.jpgDid you know that most things that we worry about never actually happen?  What a waste of time.  Worry is not intentional; it’s actually a form of anxiety when your brain takes over your body causing you to think about the past and future rather than the present moment.

Worry steals your life.  I’ve also read that worry can be genetic and for me that makes sense since my mom is an extreme worrier.  Worry is negative, it’s always about something bad happening in the future or something that’s already happened that you can’t undo.

After over 40 years of worry, I finally realized that what I was concerning myself with was completely out of my control.  For instance, I’d worry about my husband getting in a car accident everyday when he left for work.  The worry about that one thing, lead to other future worries and so on and so forth.  The day was already in the negative and it hadn’t even started yet.

The mental exhaustion I felt each day was solely caused by worry, so I came to the conclusion that I somehow needed to get my mind to release the negative.  I knew that I could never get rid of my worry entirely, it’s part of who I am, but what I could do is think more positively, hope for the best and focus on what was in front of me at that very moment rather than what “could” happen in the near or distant future.

It’s normal to have regrets from the past and concerns about the future, but when you’re living on the edge of worry each day it’s not healthy.  Over the past couple of years, I’ve incorporated a few mental and physical exercises into my life that have not only helped control the worry, but has also enabled me to be better focused, more positive and appreciative of what I have right now, in front of me each day.

  1. Yoga requires you to breath and focus in order to be able to perform poses properly.  That type of continued practice keeps you in the present moment and enables you to release all of your worries, to-do lists and expectations from others for a short period of time, but then also stays with you throughout the day.  Check out my favorite yoga workouts here.
  2. Just because you think a thought doesn’t mean it’s true.  This is something to keep in mind because too often we think that we understand something entirely because we’ve thought about it but in reality it may not be true at all.  When you recognize this with worry, you’ll find that if you repeatedly quiet that voice kindly and gently, it will start to go away.  Remember, worry is in your mind and you have the ability to control it.
  3. Be mindful.  What does that mean?  If you are intentionally aware of your emotions, thoughts and sensations in the present moment, you are being mindful.  With this, you can consciously reduce your worry, anger, sadness and resentment you might be holding onto and be able to live a happier, healthier, more peaceful life.  Meditation or even just deep breathing for just 10 minutes a day will enable you to do this successfully.

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