Are you tired of falling victim to worry?
It’s time to teach your mind to focus on the real actual obstacles instead of thinking of all the things that could go wrong that leaves you sleepless at night and restless for the rest of the day.
Transform from worrier to warrior with these 4 helpful steps:
1. Learn to focus and calm your thoughts
It’s a science-backed fact that relaxation techniques and meditation help ease anxiety and worry.
Quiet down the chatter in your mind, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. If any other thought tries to catch your attention, notice them for a moment and redirect your attention back to your breath. Do this for 5 minutes every day and you’ll notice significant improvement in your ability to focus. This short exercise also helps reduce stress by decreasing the blood pressure, lowering the heart rate, and easing anxiety.
2. Clear clutter
In one study, compulsive hoarders and non-hoarders were asked to make decisions whether to keep or throw an item, the hoarders’ MRI scans showed much more activity in brain areas that regulate attention, decision making, and controlling emotions.
Learn how to clear your clutter and you’ll be surprised how much sense of control you earn back into your life. While it is an everyday battle with no certain finish-line, you need to deliberately and consistently make those decisions to stay on top of things and not put them off.
You can try any of these decluttering tips to get you started.
3. Create a worry book
Every worrier who wants to become a warrior needs a place to deposit their negative thoughts. Keep a small memo pad on hand and every time you feel worried about something, write it down and do a brain dump on your journal. Putting thoughts on paper can help you stop the worry cycle and allow you to focus on performing other cognitive tasks.
4. Keep a gratitude journal
Aside from a worry book, also keep a gratitude journal. Make it beautiful and personal that you would love to come back to and jot down your thoughts. Write on your journal for 5 minutes a day, listing down the top three things you are grateful for on that particular day. Practice writing them in detail and you’ll see that there is so much grace and beauty to every single day if you take the time to look.
Read the full article at Reader’s Digest for more tips on how to transform from a worrier to a warrior.