It is really hard to stop ourselves from worrying. No matter how strong and intelligent we are, there comes times that we can’t do none other than worrying. Some says worrying is very harmful for our mental health and some argue that worrying is good, as it help us to learn from past mistakes. However, what we basically do by worrying is focusing our brain on uncertain things that we can’t control.
Depression is termed as focusing on past events that we wish we could change, and worrying is termed as focusing on future events that we have no control. But, the reality is, instead of worrying. You can really prepare yourself for the future uncertainties and in this article we discuss the ways that would help you to stop your brain from worrying.
1. Stop your brain from worrying by writing it down
The best way to stop worrying is writing it down in somewhere. If something constantly haunts yourself without letting you to focus on anything else, the best way for you to avoid these haunting ideas is to write them down in somewhere. It let your brain have some rest and relaxation as it does not want to remember stressful things.
Moreover, by writing down you automatically convey your brain that this issue is important so as to write it down. So it tries to find solutions for this particular idea rather than just wasting time by worrying.
Scientists in the journal Anxiety, Stress and Coping, gave worriers an opportunity to write down three possible outcomes for the situation they were worried about, then analysed their answers. The scientists say “when participant’s problem elaboration was rated for concreteness, both studies showed an inverse relationship between degree of worry and concreteness: the more participants were worried about a given topic, the less concrete was the content of their elaboration. So what they understood finally was that, worry is cognitive avoidance response.
Meditation is another way to stop worrying. Researches in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine showed that meditation is good for reducing cognitive anxiety or worrying. You don’t need to have lot of time or a grand space to practice meditation. Even closing your eyes for 30 seconds and stop focusing on outer world is also enough.
Realizing the most important things to your life, and concentrating on this moment is much important to have a free and liberal mind. Sometimes, while you meditate worrisome thoughts might come to your brain, but that is natural. What experts’ advice is observing worrisome thoughts as they enter the mind and simply watching them pass like clouds on a breezy day is the thing that we should do.
3. Exercise your body and your brain to stop worrying
When you worry what happens to your body is similar to a rush of adrenaline when you happened to face some unexpected situation. Only thing is this fear of response is happening at a much lower level over a longer period of time when you worry.
The above mentioned journal also found out that exercise is good when your body feel depression and anxiety. If your body feels less of the physical symptoms of stress, your mind will interpret that there must be less to worry about because the body is not in a state of heightened arousal.
Exercise gives the body a reason for the rapid heart rate and perspiration that we may feel on a small level when we worry. So, if you feel that you are worrying over something unnecessarily, go for a 5-10 minute walk.
You would surely feel good with new sights and smells.