How To Stop Over-worrying

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If you identify as a sensitive person, you have probably spent much of your life worrying. It's natural and can be an asset, as you tune in to the emotions and needs of the people around you.

But worrying too much about things can be problematic, prompting us to dwell on the past or fret about the future. In the end, we freeze up and find it hard to see clearly and get things done.

So what can over-worriers do to fret less and enjoy the moment? While worrying may be in our nature, meaning it's near impossible to totally stop it ; we can train our minds to let go of trivial worries.

3 top tips to worry less

Put your worries into perspective

When you look back on your life, how many of your worries actually came true? Probably not many. When we over worry, we tend to imagine the worst possible outcome?which usually never arrives.

So the next time you freak out about a problem, remind yourself that few of your worries every come true. Putting things in perspective helps you to stop fretting before your thoughts completely consume you.

Write down your worries

Counselors and coaches often recommend their anxious clients write a ?worry list?. List all the worries you?re facing right now, and then decide if the worry is helpful or unhelpful.

A helpful worry is one that prompts you to take action. For instance, if you?re worried about getting a job to pay the bills, this is a helpful worry because you can start job hunting right now.

An unhelpful worry is one that is out of your hands. You might worry about people liking you at your new job, or fret about getting sick after someone coughed on you. There's no action you can take, so the worry is unhelpful.

Putting your worries in perspective helps you let go of the things you can't control ? and take steps to eradicate the ones you can.

Learn meditation

Many of our worries happen in a magical land, at a magical time, that never exists. Isn't that funny! We worry about imaginary events and situations.

So how do we stop doing this? One neat technique is meditation. This allows us to focus on the moment and let other thoughts and concerns melt away. A short meditation or simple breath work is sometimes all we need to come back to the present and stop a snowball of freak outs.

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