“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.” —Eckhart Tolle
We all worry. Despite having the most intelligent brain out of all creatures on Earth, us humans often really struggle to avoid getting sucked into to the turbulence of our minds time and time again.
When we’re in a state of worry, we’re not free to think, feel, and do what’s necessary for growth in the present. We may try to press on, but being preoccupied with our worries makes it a struggle and prevents us from performing at our best.
According to WebMD, chronic worry can lead to serious consequences including a suppressed immune system, digestive disorders, muscle tension, short-term memory loss, and even depression. If worrying is interfering with your everyday life and your health, it’s time work on freeing yourself by using some of the following worry-zapping techniques—which are all totally natural, by the way!
1. Write it down. To release your worry that manifests as mental energy, put your thoughts and feelings on paper. You may even want to start a daily journaling habit.
2. Move your body. To release your worry that manifests as physical energy, get moving. Go for a short walk, get on your mat, or even just get up from your chair and stretch.
3. Talk to somebody. Even if you just need to share your worries without seeking help or advice, talking to a good listener can make a big difference. Empathy and compassion from others goes a long way.
4. Ground yourself. If you’re not worrying about something that happened in the past, you’re probably worrying about something that might happen in the future. Learn to ground yourself and bring yourself back to where your feet are.
5. Meditate. Meditation will allow you to detach from your thoughts as you observe them from a mindful distance. You may not be able to control your thoughts, but you can separate yourself from them, which is enough to bring you back to a state of calm.
6. Be grateful. You can instantly lift your mood and become happier just by practicing gratitude. What’s more, being grateful puts you in alignment with abundance, which will serve you when you decide what course of action needs to be taken.
7. Contemplate the lesson. If you’re worried about something, there’s a lesson to be learned. Instead of focusing so much on what’s wrong (or could go wrong), look for what you could gain to learn.
8. Accept the worst. Renowned self-help expert Dale Carnegie says that when it comes to worrying, you should accept the worst and move on. More often than not, the worst isn’t even really all that bad!
9. Hope for the best. Accepting the worst is one thing, but don’t think you have to expect the worst to actually be true. Instead, adopt the best possible outlook and look toward the best possible outcome.
10. Take action. Last but not least, nothing beats worry than by getting busy. Once you’ve done any of the above to help you organize your thoughts and figure out what needs to be done, it’s time to do it! You’ll feel better once you start dealing with your worry rather than allowing it to get stronger.