Needless worry isn’t anxiety as such but it can be a precursor or it could be fueling anxiety. There as some simple techniques you can use to stop needless worry. The first three are really easy to do anywhere and anytime. The fourth one may take a little more effort unless you’re really good at doing things in your head.
Relax your body
your body activates the parasympathetic nervous system. The
parasympathetic nervous system is the opposite of the sympathetic
nervous system which is responsible for fight or flight responses. To
relax your body take three deep breaths.
Release emotions of anxiety, fear and apprehension
that any emotions of anxiety fear and apprehension are released through
your out breath every time you breathe out. If you find that this isn’t
working for you imagine that your fingertips are like hoses and these
emotions are simply draining out through your fingertips.
Consider your beliefs
beliefs that are driving the needless worry and begin to form counter
arguments to them. It’s OK to just concentrate on one belief if you find
multiples. Move on to the next one when you’re ready to do so.
Make a plan
what’s in your power in regards to the needless worry and make a plan
of action. Plans shouldn’t ideally contain avoidance strategies but if
that’s all you’re able to do at this stage then use it. You can always
rework your plan into something more daring later.
(Oh yeah, and you know the deal: I love you!)
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