Do you find yourself obsessing over how you are going to get all those bills paid? Do you too often wonder whether you’re doing well enough—afraid you might lose your job or that new relationship? Does your mind wander to the future where you fearfully see yourself alone or unhappy?
If so, you suffer from worry-itis—a mental obsession that causes high blood pressure, low self-esteem, sleepless nights and that unattractive frown line on your forehead.
To whatever extent you find yourself suffering from worry-itis, do not beat yourself up. You’re certainly not alone. Worry is pervasive, and anxiety is at an all-time high in our culture. Countless prescription and over-the-counter drugs are consumed daily in an effort to free us from the grips of worry and anxiety, but it’s not working. Sure, you can have temporary relief, but it’s at the expense of putting toxins in your body. And the source of the problem will only grow stronger, because you’re addressing the symptoms but not the core issue.
The great news is you can be free from worry- itis, and the cure is 100 percent natural with no side effects…except for maybe having to deal with more happiness and peace of mind.
The first and most important step is to realize when worrisome thoughts are happening.
Simply say, “Oh, I’m worrying. Look at that!” When you become the observer of what you’re thinking, a chance to change your thoughts becomes possible, because you are no longer consumed by it. At least a small part of you is noticing, and that part can help you break the worry habit by doing something different.
These are some simple tips that, if done consistently, will help free you from the shackles of worry and anxiety forever:
1. Breathe. If you are worrying and anxious, your breathing is typically shallow and constricted, and your heart will start racing. This is the time to close your eyes and take several slow…deep…breaths. This will bring you into the present moment and allow your body to know it is safe and can begin relaxing. Do this at least three times or more if you can.
2. Drink water. A hydrated body is emotionally healthier. Beginning your day with a big glass and continuing to drink clear, clean water throughout the day will help the mind to be more at ease. And if you’re in a worry storm, drink a big glass immediately.
3. Practice yoga. I have to make myself take a class where the lighting is low and the teacher is responsible for moving me through the experience. I always think I don’t have enough time, but afterwards I’m always grateful I gave myself the gift of self-care. No excuses—you’re worth the time and self-love that taking yoga three to four times a week gives you. And it will lower your anxiety, guaranteed.
4. Try tapping. Finally for those in need of serious relief, you might find tapping a helpful and effective exercise. Tapping is a technique incorporating facets of hypnosis, meditation and acupressure, using energy meridians to treat physical and emotional ailments. You can tap anywhere and everywhere, whenever anxiety strikes. Visit tapping.com to learn more.
Most importantly—be patient and compassionate with yourself when you feel consumed by worry. This is not the time to beat yourself up, and say things like, “Here I go again!” or “Why can’t I stop this?” That kind of self-talk will only make the problem worse.
I know you can heal worry-itis and become consistently happy. I don’t know how long it will take, but whatever the amount of time, it’s worth it. You’re worth it!