Monday 17 April 2023

Reducing Chronic Worrying: 3 Tactics to Try

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We can all worry ourselves silly from time to time. If you are a chronic overthinker, this could be a sign of a mental health disorder. If you find yourself worrying all the time when there isn't really anything to worry about, you're not alone. When we all feel like our worries overwhelm us, even if there is nothing to necessarily worry about, it can have an impact on every other aspect of your life, from your relationships to your health and your work, but it can also feel harder to relax. What does it take to be better at reducing this?

Find the Right Supplements (and Avoid the Wrong Stimulants)

Caffeine can be very useful, but if you are a chronic overthinker or worrier, caffeine can make anxiety and panic attacks worse. Reducing your intake of caffeine by switching to decaf options can make a profound impact. Additionally, you may be able to use the right types of supplements. Supplements such as CBD are very useful in reducing low-level anxiety that can follow you around. 

There may also be antidepressants that can benefit you or anti-anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines, but it's important to remember that they can take a few weeks to get to work, and some people may not feel so comfortable taking anxiety medication. If you would rather opt for a more natural solution, in addition to CBD there are other natural relaxants, such as Rhodiola Rosea, ashwagandha, and theanine. More common supplements like magnesium may also help if you're not getting the adequate amount.

Reduce Your Sense of Urgency

One of the main reasons people get anxious is because they need to solve a problem now, otherwise, something terrible may happen or it will make these symptoms feel worse. This is where looking at the pros and cons of demanding this urgency and focusing on what you observe right now to make your life more meaningful can help to stop the inane chatter that can come with over-worrying.

Achieving Perspective

If you are worried about specific things, making a list of your worries and analysing whether your worries are worth agonising over can help you to achieve some sense of perspective. There may be things you want to do right now, for example, booking a flight for a holiday, but you could save money if you wait. 

You can also embrace some forms of uncertainty. We can equate uncertainty with negative outcomes, and rather than thinking that being uncertain is bad, but rather believing it is some sense of pragmatism or neutrality, accepting this can help you focus on the things you can control or appreciate. This is one of the most important self-care habits because it can allow you to remember that life comes with challenges. 

If you are feeling worried constantly and it manifests itself in specific symptoms there are tools like yoga or relaxation techniques that can provide major benefits. It's not a good thing to worry chronically, but if you are concerned about things, you may think this is validation that you care too much. But should we worry about every single thing? If we did, we wouldn't get anything done!


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