One of Dale Carnegie’s principles for managing stress and mental attitudes is to break the worrying habit. This can be a tough habit to break for even the most laid back person! Fretting is a common trait most of us do when we are faced with a situation that is less than desirable. Worrying can take a toll on your well-being mentally and physically; it can keep you up at night and distract you during the day. Here are some ways to break the worrying the worrying habit to help you manage your mental attitudes.
1. Give yourself some time to worry. If you fret about not worrying, you will only worry yourself more. Write down all the things that are worrying you by making a list or journaling. Then think about which events you can actually control and those that you cannot control the outcome. Instead of worrying about the events you can control, do something about it. If you cannot control the outcome, then there is no sense worrying about it. Set aside some time during the day to fret and get your worrying out.
2. You need to keep your mind busy. Distract yourself from whatever you are fretting about by refocusing your mind on something positive. Get started on your monster to-do list, or create one that is doable and worry free. Call a friend, watch a movie, take a walk, read a book, anything that will re-center your thinking can help break your worrying habit.
3. If nothing is working to stop your worrying, gain some support. Confide in a friend or family member to get a different perspective on the event you are worrying about. There insight may help you make a decision or show you that what you are worrying about isn’t really worth the anxiety!
4. If you are prone to constant worrying, you need to start actively monitoring your thoughts. When you start to worry, find a positive thought you can replace the fretting with. Have a quote that you can reference to help set your mind at ease. Recall a positive memory to create a happy mental image that will help relax you and give you peace.
5. Lastly, take care of yourself mentally and physically. Make sure you are getting plenty of rest, eating right, and giving yourself some time to exercise. When you are taking care of yourself physically, your mental health will follow suit. Think of all the things that are going right in yourself, things that you may take for granted every day. When you are happy with whom you are, you will be able to handle the unexpected with more ease.
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