4 Ways to Eliminate Worry; Be More Relaxed Every Day
By Genevieve Cunningham
Worry may be unnecessary, but that doesnâ€™t mean that most of us donâ€™t suffer from some serious worry moments. From our health or the health of our loved ones to money troubles to problems at work, worry is an unfortunate part of life. Worry is not only bothersome, it can be downright unhealthy. It can lead to stress, which then leads to other unhealthy side effects. If you worry too much and want to stop, take a look at these four ways to eliminate worry and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle every day.
Set a Time Limit
Youâ€™re probably not going to go from serious worrier to easy and carefree in a dayâ€™s time. Instead, allow yourself a little bit of time every day to do your worrying. Set a time limit, and stick to it. Give yourself 10 minutes. It can be all at once, or broken down into smaller segments. It should be whatever works for you. Once your quota has been met, you have to stop. If you find yourself worrying outside of your time frame, get up and do something else. Before long, youâ€™ll be able to lessen your worry time until itâ€™s virtually non-existent.
Sometimes we worry because we simply have too much on our plate. A very useful tool to end worrying is learning to use the word no. Can you take on this new project at work even though youâ€™re already swamped? No. Can you drive carpool this week even though youâ€™re supposed to be an hour early to the office? No. The world wonâ€™t stop spinning just because you canâ€™t complete a task. Delegate, ask for help, and just say no to keep your worries to a minimum.
Prepare for the Future
Donâ€™t dwell on the future because itâ€™s not guaranteed. Instead, prepare for it. Get yourself a slight cushion in your bank account. Plan ahead for school and training purposes. Make plans and put them on a calendar. All of that is fine. Instead of simply worrying about what tomorrow brings, make some plans and get yourself as prepared as possible. Then leave the rest out there for someone else to worry about.
Let Go of Failures
One of the worst things you can do is to worry about past events. I do this all of the time. Did I sound stupid? Should I have done this particular thing differently? Stop! Itâ€™s over, and so worrying about it wonâ€™t change anything. Instead, accept failures and fix mistakes and move on. This will make big improvements in your life and keep you from making yourself sick with worry that no longer matters.
Worry is like a rocking chair. You move back and forth, but you never really go anywhere. Eliminate the worry from your life with these simple tips. It might take some time and some serious determination, but it can be done. In doing so, you might see a nice improvement in your physical and mental health, and a nice positive change in your perspective on life.