Ways to Stop Worrying: Take Control of Your Anxiety Today!

Do you ever experience excessive nervousness, worry, and stress that will not go away? Do you get upset thinking about the future? Do you ruminate over the past? Do you catastrophize things that are trivial? If so, you might be struggling with an anxiety disorder. Learn how tot take control of your anxiety and stop worrying.

What is Anxiety?

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Anxiety is a nervous disorder where a person experiences a sensation of

excessive agitation and worry. Anxiety can coexist with panic attacks and compulsive behaviors. Some common symptoms of anxiety include restlessness, fatigue, sweating, unwanted or racing thoughts, inability to concentrate, insomnia, and a racing heartbeat. Most medical professionals recommend counseling to manage mild to moderate anxiety. For severe cases, medications such as antidepressants and benzodiazepines may be prescribed. Along with a good medication regime, you can overcome your anxiety with mindfulness meditation and by making positive changes that allow you to live in the moment.

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness Meditation is an ancient Buddhist practice. It is over 2,500 years old and is also known as Insight Meditation. This type of meditation is designed to remain present in the moment. Mindfulness meditation is known to empower those who suffer from anxiety and can be a lifesaver for many. Just by being mindful of the moment you can stop yourself from ruminating about the past and worrying about the future. Instead, by focusing on the here and now you will notice that chances are at this very moment things are not all that bad.

Why People Worry

Everyone worries, sometimes and occasionally you worry with good reason, but worrying can get out of hand. Anxiety and worrying go hand in hand like brother and sister.

Here are a few things you might be worrying about right now:

  • Over your Family
  • Over your Love Life
  • Over your Academics and Education
  • Over your Job Security
  • Over your Financial Stability
  • Over your Looks
  • Over your Diet
  •  Over your Health
  • Over your Mortality
  • Over  your Future

Worrying is a reasonable response to stressors in life, good or bad, and frequently stems from a fear of the unknown. Fear is a powerful emotion and can wreck havoc on your mind and body. Those who worry are more likely to experience things like irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, and nausea. It is important to make positive changes that will help you overcome your anxiety.

Ways to Stop Worrying

  1. Make a list of all your worries because the first step to overcoming anxiety is to know what might be causing it.
  2. Prioritize your list by separating your actionable stressors from your ‘what ifs.’ For instance, worrying about failing a class is an actionable concern. It means you can start studying and make a plan not to fail. Whereas worrying about what if can’t find a job after school is a problem that you can conquer by living in the moment.
  3. Take your time and do not make any rash decisions. Before you do anything about your anxiety, try to remove the sense of urgency from it. Chances are there is not all too much you can do about it at the moment, except slow down your thoughts and calm yourself.
  4. Express yourself by allowing yourself to feel your emotions. By letting emotions flow without putting judgment on them, can minimize stress and chances are after experiencing your feelings you will be less stressed and better equipped to handle whatever it might be that is worrying you.

These are four actionable steps you can take right now to ease your worries and anxiety. These methods might take practice, but they work.

All in all, if you take the time to be mindful, live in the moment, and make positive changes in your life, you will be able to overcome your anxieties. It puts the controls back in your hands, and you get to choose when you want to worry or stress about something instead of finding yourself helplessly worrying about things that are out of your control.

People who have recovered from anxiety will be the first to tell you that you are not alone. In fact, you are stronger than your fears and can overcome them. All it takes is a willingness to be mindful.

 

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Sierra Martin

I am a 22 year old young professional who suddenly became seriously ill during my senior year of college. I have been struggling with my chronic illness, debilitating migraines, POTS, and searching for a diagnosis; all while attempting to move forward for almost three years now. It’s been a long hard journey, but I have learned much and gained significant insight into suffering with chronic illness and pain, dealing with both supportive/un-supportive family and friends, and even the pros and cons of having an emotional support dog. It’s not easy; but that just means you have to look a little harder for the humor and silver linings (one of favorite movies btw!)

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Monique
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I can totally relate to this post I too suffer from anxiety and practice some of the things you mentioned. Thanks for sharing this information.

Jassy
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Wow, very helpful tips about stop worrying!

Yulianna
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Interesting post! Thank you!

Evelyn, Path of Presence
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Love your list of ways to stop worrying. Of them all, of course, I love the process of meditation. The practice fo being, and not doing is one of the most challenging practices for us westerners. In the process of observation, we become witnesses to our journey, and thus, grow insight to manage our own anxieties. Blessings to you on your path and happy new year!! Evelyn, Path of Presence

Rawlings sunday
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Very helpful and well-detailed information on how to resolve or manage anxiety.

https://rawlingsunday.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/think-big/

Alexis Prieto
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I am a habitual worrier! I mostly worry about things in the distant future that I have no control over. I like the idea of meditation. I use a gratitude journal to channel all my worry into giving thanks for what I have right now.

Angela Tolsma
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I’m a huge worrier. Writing it down, blogging about it, or taking pictures to express my emotions seem to be the best way I can help counter it. The part I struggle with it taking my time!

Samantha
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I so needed this. Great post.

Adrienne Bruner
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I have always had some anxiety but it became magnified after I had my son. I found this article very insightful & helpful!

Lois Alter Mark
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I think so many people will be able to relate to this. Anxiety can be very challenging, and these are all great tips. Of course, some days they’re easier said than done.

Eloise
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great list of ways to dealing with anxiety! I’ve had so much anxiety due to health concerns and well… every major event that could possibly happen in ones life unfolded for me, back to back to back…
I have become very in tune NOW with mindfulness ; )

Stephanie
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I don’t have anxiety, but I do worry sometimes. I love the idea of making a list. Once I do that, I’m sure there are some that I can throw out as worries because they are either something I have absolutely no control over, or things that I don’t really need to worry about.

Rachel
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So much good info. I made a list a few years ago when I was struggling to understand my anxiety and it was so helpful.

Natasha
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Mindfulness is such an important part of dealing with anxiety! And it’s not necessarily something that all people with anxiety know about! Thank you for spreading the word! Someone may have really needed this!

Shell
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These are truly very helpful tips for those suffering from anxiety….You are an amazing young woman to share and help others…

Caitlin
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Very helpful practical tips for being struggling with anxiety! I am working on some with my 9 year old daughter who is an anxious kid. Writing down her worries seems to help.

Ssarah
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I needed this today. I have a few things that have raised my anxiety levels in the last few days. I am trying to take deep breaths and realize everything will work itself out.

David Elliott
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I think the things you are saying here are important. We can only be able to put ourselves in the right path when we focus on what’s in front of us.

Drake Conan
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It is very helpful tips because i’ve also experienced it,so now i know how to control anxiety in difficult times.

Jen Temcio
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I think that you are very insightful to say that people should let themselves feel their emotions without judgment. I think a lot of people bottle up their feelings and this causes them to be a bundle of nerves.

Lynn
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This is a great post and very helpful tips! I often ask myself what would happen if.. to try to overcome worrying about things.

Tonya
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Yes!! Making lists is so important! I think these tips are great even for people without anxiety!