I’m a worrier. I always have been, and probably always will be. In my defense, I can’t really help it. I have anxiety/panic disorder, so where the average person sees a minor inconvenience, my sympathetic nervous system sees a major threat to my well-being. When that happens, my adrenaline spikes, and I go into “fight or flight” mode. I once got so freaked out by a bee coming towards me that I took off across a busy street, burst a blood vessel in my nose, and bled for 45 minutes. Crazy, right? The real zinger is, I can’t really take daily medications for it because they tend to make things worse for me for some reason.
Since I’ve been dealing with this for the better part of my life, I’ve had to learn creative ways to leave my worries behind. I think I’ve gotten pretty good at it over the years. Of course, I’ll never be totally worry-free, but at least I’m not ducking for cover every time a bee comes within 50 yards of me! Twenty-yards, however, is a different story!
Tips to Leave Your Worries Behind
- Schedule your worries. One of the best tips I’ve ever gotten is to schedule my worries. That way, they have a time and place to really be addressed. When I find myself worrying about something at, say, 1am, I remind myself that there is absolutely nothing I can do in the middle of the night to resolve them, so I may as well get some sleep.
- Vacation in fantasy world. I’m not saying you should spend all your time living outside reality, but I try to spend at least a little time each day inside a world of my own creation. I imagine my perfect library, or what I would do if I won the lottery, or anything else that makes me feel calmer.
- Inhale some peppermint.I keep a jar of peppermint herb next to my desk, and when I feel blah or need to clear my head, I stick my face over it and inhale deeply. It makes me feel better right away. Citrus scents also help.
- Take a walk, and bring your camera. Going for a walk in a serene environment can really help clear out those worries. Bring along your camera so you can capture the beauty and look at it during times when you can’t leave the house. I shared a bunch of pictures in another post recently, but this one was my favorite:
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I once participated in a led visualization of putting my worries in a box and throwing it away. It helped for a little while!
That sounds pretty cool actually! I may have to give it a try. I tried the whole giving my worries to those little worry dolls, but I kept losing them under my bed! Mentally throwing them away may work a little better.
These are some really good tips. In the past couple years, I have become a huge worrier as well…it’s really heightened my anxiety and made it very difficult for me to sleep. I need to try the “scheduling” idea. You are right, there is nothing you can do about any situation at 1 in the morning!
Off to find some peppermint! Great tips!
I love peppermint, when ever I am stress all I want to eat is a york peppermint patty lol
Ooh, mint and chocolate, can’t beat that for stress!
WOW – those are some advices. I gotta figure how to schedule being worried – that might be the tough one.
It’s definitely tough, and takes some reminding. I frequently have to reel my brain back in from drifting away to my worries. But it gets easier over time.
A good tip is to have an essentials “hot box” that goes on to the removals van last, so is the first off.