Stress and worries gradually creep up on us and before we know it they take over our lives and control them. At times we don’t even realize at what point this stress started and how stressed we are. When we finally identify ourselves as stressed it is already too late – we are stuck in a rut. Day to day stress and worry has a way of accumulating gradually over a number of weeks, months or years and eventually it cripples you mentally and physically. This article will now look at effective methods of reducing and letting go of stress and worry.
- Label negative thoughts: If you are stressed or worried the first step is to indulge in a bit of introspection, then identify and label all your negative thoughts. This identification will help address the root cause of these negative thoughts. Labeling negative thoughts is important in treating and relaxing your mind. In order to label these negative thoughts, it is necessary that you recognize that you suffer from stress or worry. Self denial will always accentuate the level of stress and worry.
- Set negative thoughts free: The second step to letting go of your negative thoughts is avoidance of controlling these thoughts. For this you need a certain level of will power and resilience to enable you to counter these negative thoughts. Trying to control worrisome thoughts is actually counterproductive as the mind tries to reinforce the same thoughts again and again. The best way to handle this situation is to stop thinking and try not to control these worrisome and stressful thoughts. The less importance these thoughts are for you the less they will pop up in your mind and be a cause of concern.
- Accept negative thoughts: Self denial is never a solution for stressful and worrying thoughts – it accentuates the problem or cause of concern and leads to erroneous thinking and faulty behavior. Self-denial provides a false sense of protection, which is responsible to reinforce the worrisome thoughts, which in turn deepens the level of stress and mental despair. The most logical approach is to accept that one suffers from worrisome thoughts and try to find a realistic solution to the problem on a consistent basis.
- Live in the present. Live in the moment. Everybody has bad experiences in life. This is reality and the earlier one recognizes this phenomena the better it is. One should learn to bear the burden of past unpleasant experiences, learn from them and move on. One should learn to shun negative thoughts and experiences and leave them behind. Learning to live in the present is a forward looking approach ushers positivity. Live for today and live in the moment to value each day to its optimum level.
- Head in the right direction: The human mind is complex but at the same time it is extremely flexible. If one has control over their mind they can bend it according to their will. Therefore, everyone is in a position to set their mind in the right direction. This may seem like a very cumbersome task; however, if one sets their mind in the right direction they can change their approach towards life. This state of mind is achievable; one just has to set their sights on the horizon—change their mind in the right direction In order to prevent the occurrence of worrisome thoughts
- Delay those negative thoughts and relax: Nothing is worth worrying about so much that it makes your life miserable. This is one of the basic truths of life and can be instilled in us with a bit of common sense. Unfortunately, common sense is the least common thing available. If there is no solution in sight to a problem then try leaving it aside for the time being and divert your attention towards something else—give yourself a break and revisit the problem at some point in the future. If the problem continues to prolong, try permanently delete it from your memory and relax and take your life easy.
- Keeping a planning diary: Maintaining a diary where one keeps a record of daily worries is an attempt to document your apprehensions and deal with these troubles or discuss them with other people such as psychologists . Furthermore, keeping a diary in order to plan and organize your life is also beneficial for your mental well-being. In turn being methodical, systematic and organized also helps address stress and worries. A well planned mind is better equipped to deal with any problem. In fact, research shows that a disorganized approach towards life results in worrisome and stressful thoughts. In addition, an undisciplined approach negatively affects the recovery from worries and stresses.
- Physical and mental exercise: Taking part in sports, swimming, dancing, walking, running practicing yoga and meditation are time and tested remedies for stress and worry as they increase the dopamine level in a person’s brain and make them feel happier and relaxed. This ultimately reduces the anxiety and stress level of a person. The additional advantage of undergoing these exercises is unlike medicines these exercises have no side effects.
- Change the way you behave: Changing the way you behave is an important factor in beating your stress and worries. Some of the important ways in which you can change your behaviour is by becoming more organized and systematic in your life, taking part in physical exercises, doing mental exercises, eating healthy, drinking water, avoiding caffeine, alcohol and processed food and getting plenty of sleep. In addition, having hobbies, meeting friends and taking an interest in your surroundings will also help alleviate worries and stress.
- Change the way you think: Finally, overhauling the way you think can also help alleviate the worries and stress life throws your way. Psychologists and psychiatrists have played a pivotal, role in helping people deal with their worries and stress. People have also become more open regarding their problems and have tend to arrange and attend group sittings where people discuss their problems with other people suffering from stresses and worries. Techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy are now being used to deal with worries and stress. Steps 1 to 5 in this article are also part of the cognitive behavioral therapy which helps reduce stress and negative thoughts.
Ultimately, it is down to the individual as to how he or she approaches problems that are associated with stress and anxiety. A relaxing and calming approach is warranted under these circumstances. Unnecessarily thinking too much about the problem leads to just making things more complicated and worse.