Stressing is an unnecessary evil when it comes to your mental health. Some consider it merely a bad habit that can be unlearned with practice.
Some think that stressing might serve a purpose for the brain by helping us to learn from past experiences and prepare for new ones.
Whether good or bad, stressing occupies our brain by concentrating on an unpredictable future that we can’t control.
It is said that depression is focusing on past events that you want to change, which worrying is focusing on future events that you have no control over. It might also be said about stressing that you only think you have no control over the future when you can actually choose to act to help get ready for whatever it is you are anxious about.
In this short article, we will look at active ways that you can help train your brain to stop worrying.
How To Train Your Brain To Stop Worrying!
Stop Your Brain From Worrying By Writing It Down
When you are training your brain to stop worrying, this one method is said to be the most effective. If your brain is keeping you up at night by thinking about something, put it down on paper or electronic format. Doing so lets your brain breathe a mental sigh of relief by no longer having to spend energy trying to remember these details.
If you’re stressing over what to serve for a gathering of good friends, write down ‘What to serve?’
Writing it down also is a way for you to put your brain on notice and tell your brain ‘This is important enough to make a note of.’
Your brain has now been alerted to put resources toward resolving this problem instead of being stressed or having to remember the important thing to stress over.
Why write it down? Scientists now have proof that chronic worriers might be chronic problem avoiders too. Researchers in the journal Anxiety, Stress & Coping provided worriers a chance to make a note of three possible outcomes for the circumstance they were worried about, then they analyzed their answers for practical solutions.
The researchers said ‘When participants’ problem elaborations were ranked for concreteness, both studies showed an inverse relationship between degree of worry and concreteness:
The more participants worried about a given topic, the less concrete was the content of their elaboration. The results challenge the view that worry may promote better problem analyses. Rather, they conform to the view that worry is a cognitive avoidance response.’
Meditate For A Worry Free Brain
Meditation can help train your brain to stop worrying. Scientists in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine studied the impacts of meditation and discovered that meditation is especially good for minimizing cognitive anxiety, or stressing.
Although some people believe that they do not have time to practice meditation, meditation is as simple as choosing to close your eyes right now for 30 seconds or longer. The act of deciding to tune out other sources of stress is an active step to train your brain to stop worrying.
A few minutes where you consciously choose to avoid any non-natural sound in your life will allow you to get centered around what is crucial to you, now and in the future. Worrisome thoughts might come to you while you meditate, and this is normal.
Those who have mastered the art of brain training to stop worrying advise observing worrisome thoughts as they enter the mind and just watching them pass like clouds on a breezy day.
Exercise To Train Your Body And Your Brain To Stop Worrying
Worry is how your brain learns how to survive by choosing to activate the fight or flight system.
If a cougar jumps out at you, you instantly feel a rush of adrenaline, and this worry reaction is the same thing that is happening to your body when you worry, just at a much lower level over a longer period of time.
The same study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine found that exercise, on the other hand, is good for when your body feels the signs of anxiety, like jitteriness. If your body feels less of the physical signs of stress, your mind will analyze that there must be less to worry about, due to the fact that the body is not in a state of heightened arousal.
Exercise seems to offer the body a secondary reason for the fast heart rate and sweating that we may feel on a small level when we stress. Exercise can help lower blood pressure, which is another physical sign of stress in the body.
If you can identify that you are worrying, opt for a 5-10 minute walk, outside if possible. Value the sights and noises of nature while focusing on the movement of your limbs and the breaths that you take.