What to do when you can’t stop worrying about everything
You’ve probably experienced times when you can’t stop worrying about everything going on in your life—relationships, health, money, work, family, school. It’s hard to concentrate or get anything done. You feel stressed and anxious a lot of the time and have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
Why does it happen?
When we have too much on our minds, or feel like we’re in an emotionally vulnerable state, we might worry too much. If you’re going through a difficult period in your life, it could be that all these extra stressors are feeding your anxiety and causing it to worsen. So take time out of your day for yourself—even if it’s just 15 minutes—and spend some time doing something relaxing, like meditating or reading a good book.
A Few Reasons We Get Stressed
For example, our work might be crazy-demanding and unpredictable. We might feel lonely at home or have social anxiety. We might suffer from any number of phobias or fear a terrorist attack. The problem is that chronic stress can lead to a variety of serious health problems over time including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. And unfortunately it’s not just your physical health that suffers; people with stress disorders are more likely to develop mental health issues like depression and addiction .
Can Anxiety be Cured?
Some types of anxiety are more easily treated than others. Finding out whether your particular case is treatable will require a consultation with a mental health professional—but even if it’s not, you can still get help dealing with your symptoms. In some cases, therapy alone might be enough to reduce or eliminate certain anxious thoughts and behaviors. Certain medications, including antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, may also be able to help.
How to Reduce Stress with Exercise
We tend to forget that getting moving is a powerful stress reducer. Even just 10 minutes of exercise can make a difference in reducing your stress level and sense of wellbeing. What’s more, it doesn’t need to be long or grueling—just get out there and move! And if possible, try incorporating mind-body practices like yoga or meditation into your routine.
Get Some Alone Time
It’s hard to take a moment for yourself and reflect on things that are bothering you. When it comes to stress, or anxiety (the two often go hand in hand), taking breaks from your day-to-day life and getting out of your comfort zone is a surefire way to break out of negative thinking patterns and get back on an even keel.
Change Up Your Routine
When anxiety is taking over your life, it’s easy to get stuck in a cycle of panic and despair. Your first reaction may be to reach for some kind of sedative—we’re not trying to tell you not to (because we know how awful panic attacks are), but it’s important that you consider alternatives.
Meditate or Pray
Meditation and prayer are two powerful tools that help clear our minds, reduce stress and even help us focus more clearly. Even if we’re not religious, it’s important for all of us to still create a little quiet time for ourselves each day, whether that means taking some deep breaths in between tasks or participating in an hour-long meditation session.
Write Down Your Worries
Don’t let your worries control you. Write them down on a piece of paper, or write an email to yourself that contains all of your worries for that day and then delete it immediately after writing it. This is one way to conquer anxiety and bring peace into your life. If a worry pops up again later in the day, refer back to your list!
Have a Positive Attitude
It’s no secret that a positive outlook on life will improve your stress levels, but it’s one of those things that’s far easier said than done. Realistically, we are often far more concerned with what could go wrong rather than what could go right; but believe it or not, there is a way to train yourself to see the world through rose-colored glasses.