Sunday, 11 February 2018
Be happy, don't worry
I heard the song "Don't worry, be happy" played on the radio today. It prompted me to think about how I've been sleeping well and feeling happy in general. I can't remember the last time I worry about something. So I decided to place the positive before the negative and name this post "Be happy, don't worry" :)
When something bothers me or makes me feel worried, I think about it then act. I don't let it stay in my mind for too long as I find if I let the worry sit, it weighs me down. I've used one or more of the following simple techniques to bust my worry.
12 simple ways to bust worry:
1. Make a list of the worries. By writing them down, I get them off my mind and onto my notepad.
2. Analyze the list. I separate my worries into two buckets: what's within my control, and what's outside of my control. Sometimes by reviewing the list, I realize that some of my worries are repetitive, and I actually have less to worry about.
3. Act on what's within my control. Even simple actions like doing the next few techniques make me feel that I'm progressing towards a resolution to my worry.
4. Talk to someone close. This usually gives me a different perspective and by getting my worry off my chest, I feel better.
5. Go for a walk somewhere close to nature or exercise. Nature has an amazing way of calming my mind, or distracting me from thinking of my worry. Exercise is a great stress reliever.
6. Meditate with deep breathing. By focusing on my breath, I'm not thinking about my worry or anything else. Deep breathing is known to relax our body.
7. Find humour like call my funniest friend, watch a comedy, or read a comic book. Laughing is a great stress reliever, too.
8. Focus on three good things that happened. This usually makes me realize that it's not all bad, in fact, it's actually been pretty good.
9. Take a warm bath to relax. If I have lavender-scented or lemon-scented bath mix on hand, I'll use it.
10. Look at cheerful colours like a nice bouquet of fresh flowers or a cheerful picture.
11. Listen to soothing music. Either soothing music alone, or the combination of listening to a soothing play list and walking usually makes me feel so much better.
12. Accept that there will always be uncertainty and "this too shall pass". When I think of my past worries, I don't remember what they were so they can't be that important.
I hope your day is happy and worry-free. If you're worrying about something, try the above techniques and see if they work for you.
If you have other ways to overcome worry, please share.