Why do we worry?
You can't solve a problem without knowing the cause of the problem. When we worry, we become afraid and act uncontrollably at times. When this happens, it is highly important that we reflect on the root cause of the worries. But if you have occasional anxious thoughts, there is no need for you to assume that you are abnormal as worrying is a part of life. Even worrying at times is healthy because it helps us to develop problem solving skills. But the CHRONIC WORRYING is a symptom of anxiety disorder or even something more serious.
How To Stop Worrying
The aim of the steps to be discussed below is to relieve CHRONIC WORRYING (worrying too much). Here are the best strategies on how to stop worrying too much and start living:
• Mindfulness meditation
• Deep breathing
• Focus on what you can control
• Work smart not hard
• Practice backward law
Mindfulness meditation is an ancient practice that stimulates the brain and helps one to be fully connected to the environment. It starts with being grateful with what you have and what's going on around you. Fully embrace the present and know your purpose, find what you really want to live for; is it to be happy or successful? Once you know what you want and focus on them, you've mastered the basis of mindfulness.
Mindfulness as the name suggest means being at the present, focus on what is happening at the moment; don't make any attempt to push all your thoughts away, be one with your thoughts (don't judge any thoughts entrying your mind)
Researchers have found that breathing in for four counts, hold for four counts, exhale for four counts, and hold again for four counts helps to cure tension, stress and worry. It is one easy medicine that helps the brain to stay calm and focused.
Focus On What You Can Control
As long as you're still a human, you have no power of your own to control things beyond your ability. Just like you can't control the day and night; day will come and night will also come no matter how you try to stop them, so also is likened to the things you can't control. One thing for sure is that you can't control disappointment, that's is why it wise for you to only focus on what you can control and let the happenings occur. Stop seeking for perfection, rather seek for correction.
Scientists, researchers and philosophers have proven that a regular and well planned exercise can help slow down worries and make the brain very active. The mechanism is this: when the brain gets worked up with too many thoughts, it becomes slow and less productive at that moment. So, a well planned and executed work outs can help to break that dormancy of the brain and relief it from worries.
Work Smart Not Hard
This is highly applicable for students in school (middle school, high school and even college). It entails planning for each task (schedule) and executing them one by one. Avoid multitasking, and staying up late at nights. Once each task is started on time and finished on time, you will surely reduce the rate of worrying to complete all your undone tasks.
Practice Backwards Law
The backward law entails thinking in reverse. The backward law as postulated by Alan Watts proposes that the more we pursue something, the more we achieve the opposite of want we truly want and the more disappointed we feel. Or simply put: the harder we try, the less likely we'll succewd. On the flip side: when we stop trying, we'll have what we want.
The best way for us to have what we want is not to want it at all; we remain contented with want we have and the less worry we get.
Why do we worry?
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