Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?
What if I fail?
What if I’m not good enough?
What if this doesn’t work out?
What if they don’t like me?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you are not alone! Constantly worrying can really take a toll on our health. So many of us tend to worry about things that are extremely unlikely to happen or things we have little – no control over. We may not be able to completely stop our worries, but we can dial down their intensity.
Identify The Trigger:
First things first, you’ll have to figure out what thoughts or events are causing you to worry. Did something recently happen? Are you going through a significant lifestyle change? Are you worried about what may or may not happen tomorrow? Once you understand the trigger or cause, you can work towards finding a solution.
Sometimes when we’re so worried, our imagination can get the best of us and make things feel bigger than they actually are.
Actually sitting down and writing out our thoughts and worries can help us better understand them and put them into perspective. Thoughts often look different on paper than they do in our mind after all.
Think About The Evidence:
Remember, just because you feel something doesn’t make it true. Feelings are not facts!
Saying that out loud is one thing. Believing it is another. If you’re having a hard time finding appropriate evidence, here are a couple of questions you can ask yourself:
Has this worry come true in the past? If, so, how likely is it to happen again?
What’s the worst thing that can happen?
Talk To Yourself Like You Would To Someone You Love:
Do you ever feel like you talk to your friends differently than you talk to yourself?
If a friend was going through what you are right now, what would you tell them to do? It’s time to become your own best friend and think things through rationally. Learn More