Worry is one of the most exhausting feelings, but like me, you can’t help but allow it to creep into every aspect of your life. If there is one thing I spend the most time doing, it is worrying. What a frustrating feeling too, because a lot of times, it is for nothing. For my fellow worriers, I want to share somethings I do to get past the fear.
• Distract yourself • Bryan would tell you his biggest pet peeve is when I tense up while he’s driving. And I don’t blame him one bit for it. He can be driving safely down the road and just tap the brakes, yet I still lurch and gasp as if he nearly crashed the car. You can only imagine my reaction when he has to slam on the brakes… In these moments, for both of our sanity, I try to distract myself with something else, like music. If that fails, I just lie back and close my eyes. In your highest moments of anxiety, try placing your focus elsewhere.
• Chat with someone • “What is the worst possible thing that could happen? And what would you do if that did happen?” My aunt asked me those questions in the height of a worried moment for me. It really helped me realize how irrational my fear was. Because even if the worst of the worst came to fruition, I would conquer.
• Talk yourself down • Something I find very helpful is journaling; it’s a way for me to write down my irrational fears and rationalize the realism of it. Stepping away to reflect on my thoughts often helps me come out of a worrying moment feeling much better.
Being a worrier can be tiring, but you are not alone in this; so many other people deal with feelings of worry and anxiety on a regular basis. We can’t stop this from happening, but we can all make it a bit easier on ourselves once it hits. Take these feelings of worry and reflect upon them in various ways. Lots of times you will find yourself laughing at what once feared you.