Chances are, something is nagging at you right now. Maybe you’re even worrying that if you read this article you’re taking valuable time away from your to-do list.
Excessive worry can be detrimental to your health, robbing you of sleep and increasing your cravings for high-fat, high-sugar comfort food. It can also lead to suppression of your immune system, digestive problems and possible premature coronary artery disease.
If worrying has become a spigot that you sometimes find hard to turn off, it’s time to develop some coping strategies to help put your mind at ease. Although you can’t solve every problem that comes your way, you can alter your response to life’s ups and downs.
Make a list
Start to take control by identifying your stressors. A lot of what you’re concerned about is likely out of your control. Being mindful helps improve your ability to stay in the moment.
Relax, but not in front of the television. Instead, try deep breathing and deep stretching. These all have a physical effect on the mind and body.
You’re also more likely to dial back worry when you take time for yourself. Read a book, engage in a hobby or connect with a friend.
Talking to friends and getting positive feedback can also be very helpful.
And as much as you may feel uncomfortable doing it, give yourself a pat on the back from time to time.
Diet and exercise
Along with the mind-body strategies, you should include the usual prescription of exercise and nutritious food to ease away worry, say health experts. Eat a healthy, balanced diet, and cut back if you’re a caffeine fiend. Caffeine triggers the nervous system and can make you feel nervous and jittery.