It’s fair to say that if you learn how to stop worrying about things you have done, your life can improve for the better!
So why can it be so hard to stop worrying?
Think of it as a self-feeding beast…
You worry, can’t sleep, feel like a nervous wreck in the mornings and worry some more.
How to stop worrying about something you did
When you feel like you have no control over what you’re worrying about, it takes over and it becomes a part of your life that feels like it is never going to stop.
But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Here’s 2 easy ways that I have learn’t to cope with my worries, get better quality sleep and get on with my life.
Tip 1 – Record your worries for later!
Having your day interrupted with the same worry over and over again can really wear you down.
I’ve found that having a small, pocket size notebook and pencil really works wonders.
Just note down your worry or problem, tell yourself that this issue is safely recorded and won’t be forgotten about and then get on with the rest of your day.
You can then have a ‘worry period’ later in the day where you can go through these issues in a calm and reflective way.
Don’t do this too close to bedtime though, you need a few hours inbetween your ‘worry period’ and sleep.
I find that my worries don’t seem that urgent or major when I analyse them later in the day when nothing else is happening.
Also, when you reflect this way, solutions can sometimes ‘jump out’ at you in a way they never would when a ‘million and one’ things are happening.
Tip 2 – Still worrying? Break the cycle!
Sometimes your worry moments will need a bit more than a notepad!
This is where you can use a number of different methods to move your mind and body away from the worry cycle and focus on more important things.
There are two methods which have really helped me over the years, these include deep breathing exercises and muscle relaxation techniques.
Deep breathing is my favourite because it relies on a skill that we’re all pretty good at anyway, breathing!
Worry, anxiety and panic can all be completely overcome with a simple 4-7-8 breathing technique.
Just breath in for 4 seconds…
Hold your breath for 7 seconds…
and exhale slowly for…you got it…8 seconds.
This is super effective and I do this technique up to 5 times, depending on the severity of the worry or panic.
Muscle relaxation is another superb technique.
This one reminds me of fast jet aircraft pilots and how they tense their muscles when doing high gravity manouevers in their aircraft!
Just like in Top Gun, you tense and then release different muscle groups in your body.
When I’m feeling a bit stressed, tensing my arms and thighs and then releasing really helps the anxiety go where it should be, away from me!
That’s my two simple tips to stop worrying about something you have done.
So which one works for you?
I’d love to know if it helps or if you have another way to release tension, stress and worry!
Thanks for reading and try not to worry when you don’t have to.