How to stop worrying?
It strikes you most of the time. Every day your mind reminds you of many things to be accomplished, the deadlines, the assignments, financial difficulty, and many more.
Fortunately, there are ways you can do to free your mind from worries. Here are the six scientifically proven ways to stop worrying.
All these techniques are easy and free.
1. Name your worries
One study found that labeling your feelings can make you feel better. The worse label you give, the better the result.
Participants in the experiment who gave a worse description of their feelings felt better.
However, most participants had no idea that their anxiety reduced. But recording apparatus revealed the truth.
2. Wash your dishes mindfully
It is surprising to know how simple household chore could stop worrying. One study suggests that mindful dishwashing calms the mind of the participants.
The smell of dishwashing liquid or soap and the feel of the shape of the dishes reduced worries.
The participants also felt the higher level of motivation.
3. Be touched by others
Many studies had come up with a ubiquitous result – massage could help reduce stress and anxiety.
Being touched by other people could reduce the level of cortisol also known as the stress hormone.
People who participated in the study reported that they felt calmer after taking a massage.
4. Be immersed in nature
People who spend more time in the park have a lower level of stress and anxiety.
This is because natural scenery provides a calming effect on the brain. The green environment could calm your worried mind.
Studies had found that a daily dose of nature immersion is enough to reduce stress and anxiety.
5. Give something
Giving is a powerful act. Seeing others happy will also make you feel better.
This reality led some experts to question altruistic behavior. The argument is that there is no real sense of altruism.
People give or help others because it is enjoyable. Thus, there is a motive behind the helping behavior.
But despite the controversy, the truth remains that helping others has a significant positive impact on one’s well-being.
6. Decide to stop worrying
All these tips can be helpful if you use them. Your worries can be a product of exaggerated negative thoughts.
Sometimes, it is necessary to check your thinking pattern. In many cases, your mind manipulates how you perceive the world.
Following these techniques will help tame your mind and be able to refocus your attention on the positive things.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.