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What's the best way to stop worrying all the time?

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Last Updated: 04/06/2020 at 7:17am
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April 18th, 2017 1:29am
Some people worry because they have little to no control over the thing and do not know what the outcome will be. Often when we worry, we think of negative consequences or embarassing situations related to the topic; we rarely envision good consequences or how a past situation may have gone worse (ie: we did it better than the worst we could have). Ruminating can lead to obsessive thinking cycles. There are many methods, but a few are grounding techniques and healthy/fun distractions, and/or cognitive behavioral therapy techniques whenever a worry begins to enter your mind. Try to break the cycle of obessive thought. Do something differently: go to a different area, listen to different music, change the tone in which you are worrying in your mind, change the subject of your thought, remind yourself where you are, &c. Also, consider thinking about the things you do have control over, or focusing on the things you have done well. How can you prepare for these worries in the future so you feel better prepared? There are many different things you can try, but ultimately only you will discover what works best for you. You may want to peruse our self-help guides for ideas, but no pressure!
October 26th, 2015 8:02pm
Some time ago the most recommended way was to "think positive... The current popular approach is to be present - to be in the moment. It is called mindfulness and the idea is not to get yourself caught up in the past or in the future - as according to mindfulness practitioners, these are not "real". Because when you are worrying you are probably thinking about the past or the future or the possible outcomes of things etc... It is interesting approach. For me the idea of thinking self and observing self is quite intriguing...
January 14th, 2015 11:55am
Find out why you are worried, get to the bottom of these feelings and see that sometimes you are worrying for no reason. Being worried is nothing bad, sometimes it's what makes us who we are and if we don't worry about the people we care about, we stop caring. But sometimes we have to trust and believe in others as we trust and believe in ourselves.
April 11th, 2015 2:40am
The best way to stop worrying all the time is to preoccupy yourself with things that you like to do. If you like to read, find a new book to read, if you like movies, check Netflix for for something you never watched before. Get out for a walk, exercise, listen to music, even cleaning can help. You just need to do things that get your mind off the issues you are worrying about.
May 8th, 2015 5:11pm
This is something you have to learn over time. It's more of a mindset, you kinda just have to make the decision and stick with it.
June 11th, 2015 4:53pm
I think the best way to stop worrying is to just focus on what we enjoy doing in life and stop seeing ourselves as a failure because we can all achieve something in life. It's just the matter of what, when and how.
July 28th, 2015 10:18am
Create a vision board. - If the future seems big and scary, try changing the thoughts about what lies ahead. Sometimes the mere act of setting concrete goals can take the edge off anxiety about future unknowns.
October 27th, 2015 7:17am
The best way to stop worrying is the distract your mind. For me going for a walk, reading, watching tv, something you enjoy.
November 3rd, 2015 8:16am
The best way, is to wrote down what we are worried about, then acknowledge those things & was youskleves how can we overcome or worry about those things less so that's not overtaking us
November 30th, 2015 11:43pm
The best way I've found to stop worrying is by realising that I am in fact having a worry. When a negative thought crosses my mind, I have trained myself to immediately become aware that this thought has weaselled its way into my head. You see, when I notice the worry for what it is, I am aware of it and it immediately doesn't seem half as bad.
December 8th, 2015 11:58am
I'd say to have faith and to stop overthinking... Start doing new things to make a good use of your time!
December 22nd, 2015 1:30am
To keep your mind busy either doing exercise such as sport or doing a hobby you enjoy maybe like a instrument.
February 16th, 2016 5:17am
To slow down, look around you and think to yourself: is this problem going to matter in a year's time?
April 12th, 2016 2:41pm
Worrying is stupid, because things will happen either way. You get nothing but despair when you are worrying.
April 13th, 2016 2:34am
You can distract yourself with your studies, sports, clubs and other activity. To stop worrying about things is to try and deal with them as best you can and keep hope that the best will turn out.
June 13th, 2016 1:26am
The best way to stop worry is try to relax. It's try to keep our mind. Sometimes we have to decide we do like and then relax in this way. Everyone have some worries!
July 19th, 2016 6:31am
A good way to help yourself from constantly worrying is to ask yourself, "is what I'm worrying about something that I have the ability to change? if not, what is making me worry about this?" If you have the ability to change it, then ask yourself what you can do to change it. If not, you can take a jar and label it, "things I worry about that I have no control about." When you worry about something you can't control, write it down and put it in the jar. After you put it in the jar, try to imagine it leaving your mind and staying in the jar. When you feel comfortable about that topic and no longer worry about it, throw away the paper and let that symbolize that you will no longer worry about that.
September 12th, 2016 7:30pm
Stay present and be in the moment. Just focus on right now instead of things from the past or things in the future. Be right here, right now and do one thing at a time.
October 3rd, 2016 3:33am
The best way to stop worrying all the time is to focus on the present. Focus on what you are doing right now and forget about everything else.
February 20th, 2017 1:07pm
People tend to get worried about various things. I think to stop worrying you must consume yourself in other things. Do something that makes you happy. Don't sit idle. And if you keep worrying about something constantly I think you need to find a solution to that problem
July 18th, 2017 6:07pm
First, ask yourself what the thing you are worrying about it. Then, ask yourself if its worth worrying about. Is it going to matter in 1 year? 2 years? Even 3 years?
February 12th, 2018 10:25pm
Take a few deep breaths, push away the worries and start thinking of something else. Having a cup of tea, listening to music, or creating new hobbies is sure to keep your mind away from your worries. If this does not help, take a test on anxiety.
March 27th, 2018 2:54pm
To learn how to sort your thoughts, understand that sometimes we get stuck on thoughts that trouble us even if we have no control over the situation
May 29th, 2018 3:59pm
I meditate when I start to get too worried. It calms me down and helps clear my head. When I am in a place that I can't fully meditate I close my eyes and take deep breaths.
July 23rd, 2018 9:45pm
Focus on the present than future or past... Living in the present cause less worries than living in future.
July 16th, 2019 5:32pm
To focus on what we can control in our life rather than focusing on what we cannot control. To keep ourselves busy in doing productive work. To believe in ourselves. It is also good to have a dream so that we can focus more on it rather than spending time in vauge. One must understand that the problem can be solved only by solving not by worrying. If we, cannot solve the problem, we must make us understand that the time will take care of everything and nothing is permanent in this world, not even our problems
July 25th, 2019 8:59pm
We are all unique and I think that the best way to stop worrying all of the time is different for everybody. Personally when I have worried a lot in the past during a tough time, I tried many different ways to distract myself, but not everything I tried worked. I would say the easiest way to figure out the best way(s) to distract yourself is by starting off by making a list of things that you enjoy doing and are interested in and simply try them out. I personally believe that partaking in activities that you enjoy and have an interest in will distract you the most as you will most likely think more on the topic(s) than you would with topics of the activities that you don't enjoy or are interested in.
April 6th, 2020 7:17am
I think if you want to stop worrying all the time, you've got to find something to distract yourself from the negative thoughts, and move into positive, or happy thoughts, and often I find that to do so myself I usually look into finding a new hobby or indulging in one I already participate in, and I believe exercise is a great thing to try out if you have the opportunity as well, especially considering it's ease of access. Anything that can take your mind off what you're worrying about, even for just a while, can make a world of difference. Maybe go see a movie, or connect with a friend. Take a bike ride, or go explore somewhere in the wild you've never been. Relaxing would help a lot as well, mentally and physically. If, at the end of the day, you can't find anything that helps you, turn your attention towards the issue at hand, search your introspective self, and find out what YOU can do to help yourself, by coming to a resolve, or otherwise; don't forget about 7 cups either!