Five Tips To Calm Down if You're An Avid Over-worrier

by - Sunday, August 05, 2018

If you're anything like me, something very small can set off an unfortunate chain of "what ifs" and "maybe I should haves" and that spirals down into something of a Danisnotonfire-esque existential crisis. There are tips and tricks to calm your mind down and prevent yourself from spiraling down into the dark abyss known as Over-worry Land, and here are some of them.

Sometimes, it's out of your control
Sometimes, as much as we would love to have all control of certain aspects, life isn't like that. Sometimes, things happen that are simply out of your control and for an avid over-worrier, it's hard to accept it, but knowing that it was way beyond what you could control is helpful.

Don't stress about the past
This gets us all the time. We think about that embarrassing time that we dropped our food in front of our crush or that incident where we ripped our jeans and we hang out heads in shame. Know that the past is in the past, and you can't change it no matter how hard you tried.

Just do it
Worrying about that big assignment that you think you'll fail even though you've done everything as on the paper? Just turn it in. Even if your teacher gives you a less than stellar grade, at least it won't be a zero.

Breathe and ground yourself
If you find yourself verging on a panic attack, try a breathing exercise. Inhale for five seconds, hold your breath for ten seconds, and exhale for five seconds, or list everything that is a certain color around you.

Write it down
Write down all your worries on a piece of paper or a journal, and look at them after the event you were worried about passes, and you'll notice how trivial some of your worries were when your mind made them seem like they were a big deal.

Are you an over-worrier?

Winnie x

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