Stress-Relief Techniques For Worriers

Stress-Relief Techniques for WorriersIn the medieval era, ‘worry’ actually meant to choke or strangle. Ever lost your child in a shopping mall, or walked the floors waiting for teens to come home? If so, I don’t have to tell you about strangled feelings. Fear can take hold as we focus on the worst possible outcomes. Remember that you too took risks in teenage years and you’re here to talk about it.

Excessive worry becomes anxiety. Chronic worry is dangerous since it causes you to constantly imagine negative, undesirable events; you become anxious, stressed and exhausted.

Worry can prey so heavily on the mind that it can even immobilize you. It’s time to take control of your thinking instead of letting it take control of you!

Some Natural Stress-Relief Activities for Worriers (to become less worried):

  1. Take a worry apart. Analyze it, dissect it. Separate what is illusion, (your spin on the worry) and what is real. Get the facts. Use cool, rational thinking. Understand and dispel the illusion side of the situation: the reality remaining will be easier to handle.
  2. Another stress relief activity is to breathe deeply to prevent the stress response from escalating. Take in a deep breath to the count of 4, hold it to the count of four; breathe out to the count of five. Repeat many times until your racing heart calms down. Tell yourself: “I am calm”, “I can handle this difficult situation.” Positive thinking can help dispel worry.  If you have a rocking chair, use it. The motion is soothing and can relieve tension. Otherwise, just sit down, cross your arms over your chest and rock back and forth.
  3.  Give away your worries to a Higher Power. You can pray, or just ask that the Universe please take care of your worries for you (or those who you are worried about). You can ask for protection too.
  4. For better health and well-being, allow yourself a distraction. We can only think of one thing at a time. Do something instead of stewing: read, watch a movie, listen to music or turn on the television. I find that cleaning out a kitchen cupboard gets rid of built-up tension!
  5. For those of you who are disciplined, plan a specific time to deal with your worries. “I’ll deal with this after work, at 7:30 p.m. tonight.” Then think the situation through logically. Taking action on a worrisome situation helps reduce worry and stress.
  6. Balance your blood sugar. Anxiety and panic due to worry can escalate with blood sugar spikes and dips due to hypoglycemia – low blood sugar. Don’t reach for sweets when stressed or upset. Reach for protein foods to stabilize blood sugar such as yogurt, turkey, fish, chicken, cheese or raw nuts. Combine a protein food with a complex carbohydrate food such as roast potatoes, fruit or whole grain crackers to maintain a balanced blood sugar level.