Worrying about everything is exhausting, yet, for some damn reason, we often find ourselves doing it more than we’d like to admit. From comparing ourselves to others on social media, to wondering what coworkers or even strangers think about us, to, finally, striving for perfection even though it’s unattainable, when you let your mind control you too much, it can cause lots of anxiety.
Luckily, there are ways to get rid of all that worry you’ve got in your mind, it just takes some discipline and practice to eliminate it. And, because worrying can overtake your thoughts and actions, there are a few tips to breaking the terrible habit that should be adopted and applied to your everyday life.
Until you realize that you have control over everything in your life, you’ll never completely stop worrying. Hell, it’s human nature to have it happen, but the key is to have it come in spurts, and not become something that occurs all the time. To help you achieve that, take a look at some of the ways to avoid falling into the trap of worrying by eliminating relatable thoughts that we definitely all have.
Stop Suppressing And Start Progressing
Want to know what’s easy as hell to do? Hide from your problems by internalizing them. But, if you’ve ever realized what happens when you do that, it typically ends with those things, ultimately, bubbling over as if they’re just champagne in a bottle waiting to explode. Does that sound good to you?
Rather than suppress all your worries, try accepting them and progressing. In fact, a 2005 study in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy showed that people who suppress their anxiety often end up with more “intrusive thoughts,” which can cause depression or more anxiety.
Worrying happens, but once you realize it, address the issue and can train your brain to cut the problem quickly, you’ll be much better off.
Stop Worrying About Your Social Media Image
We live in a society where more people are looking down at phone screens than they’re looking into another person’s eyes. It’s sad AF to see, but not as sad as when people find themselves letting comparisons get the best of them when scrolling through social media.
Sure, we all filter the shit out of pictures and try to craft the “perfect” caption, but, far too often, we also allow our minds to worry about what we don’t have rather than be happy with what we do have. It’s OK to change that, you know?
Whether it’s taking a step back from social media to help get your mind right, or being able to control your emotions when on apps like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, it’s on you to avoid worrying too much about the things other people have. Sure, you might not always be on vacation or on a boat every day after work, but there’s still a lot of good shit you’ve got going on in your life, you just need to embrace it.
Stop Worrying About The ‘Perfect’ Response
Nobody’s going to have all the answers, although we try to think we’re supposed to. That mentality might keep you eager to learn more, but it’s a slippery slope because it can also lead to worrying about not knowing something when asked.
Look, in this strange journey of starting a business, I’ve asked for a ton of help and have tried to get lots of opinions on what I should and shouldn’t be doing. To be blunt, I’ve had no idea how to do some of the things I’ve been doing, but I understand it and try to get the answers.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and admit that you don’t know something. You’re never going to be perfect, and nobody expects you to be, so why let your mind try to convince you otherwise?
Not Everyone’s Going To Like You, So Stop Giving A Shit
Man, how many people have worried way too much about what other people think about them? I mean, anyone whose been through middle- or high school definitely have, as those are peak years when we’re all caught up in how we look, how we act and who we hangout with.
You’re no longer a teenager searching for an identity, though, meaning you get to focus on more important things in life rather than your social status. Worrying about how people view you is common, but you’ll be a helluva lot happier when you say “fuck it” and accept yourself for whoever you are and just go with it. Don’t let others’ insecurities be something that holds you back, because you’re not going to be able to please everyone.
Stop Making Excuses For Yourself
Worrying about something is all about you, not anyone else. Sure, there are factors that cause the thoughts going on in your mind, but, ultimately, it’s you who chooses what deserves attention and what should be blocked out of your mind.
This means it’s up to you to make changes and not excuses for how you’re feeling. The old adage “actions speak louder than words” is more accurate than you might want to admit, so rather than complain about how worried you are about something or someone, practice things like reading, meditation, journaling and other activities that can distract your mind from going down a rabbit hole of anxiousness. You deserve more for yourself.