According this article at Happify, “85% of the stuff we worry about ends up having a positive or neutral outcome.”
Many times when we fall into the depths of worry and anxiety, this process is so much worse than the actual worst case scenario we are thinking up in our heads.
People who worry a lot tend to be hard working and strategic thinkers, so chances are you have probably already done everything within your control to have a positive outcome in the situation.
Here are some things you can do when you feel those thoughts starting to spiral:
Connect with Nature
Nature has a way of healing and bringing us back to reality. Take your shoes off and walk in the grass, inhale some fresh air, water a plant or pet an animal. These activities all help to get you out of your head and help you to focus on the beauty and simplicity of the life that surrounds you.
Create a Gratitude List
When we worry, it is usually about something we think we are lacking. Find a nice quiet spot and start thinking and writing about all the things in your life that you are thankful for, no matter how seemingly insignificant for example the ability to breathe and the meal you had that morning. This practice will help you shift into abundance mode. It will help you to recognize that there are many good things happening in your life, independent of this particular situation.
Practice a Mindfulness Meditation
The things we worry about are generally anticipated events in the future over which we have little to no control. Here are some free guided meditations from UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center that will help you come back to the present moment.
Spend Time with Friends and Loved Ones
When we are in a state of negativity and fear, often our natural inclination is to isolate ourselves as to not impact others. Isolation is the worst thing you can do when you are feeling this way. Being around people who love you will help take your mind off of your situation and lift your mood, also talking to others about our problems helps us realize that we are not alone and this is very helpful and healing. Laughter and friendship will help you realize that regardless of the outcome of the situation, you are loved.
Do What You Can and Let It Go
Life is unpredictable and this is a simple fact. We cannot control things that are dependent on the actions of other people. All we can do is work on ourselves, be prepared and control our reaction to whatever it is that is happening. Think about the actions you can take to improve your situation, and once these are complete distract yourself and let it go.
With these five practices, you will be well on your way to beating the worry bug. Do not be so hard on yourself, life has a way of always working out to our best advantage.
How do you deal with worry and anxiety? Please share in the comment section below!