Are you a worrier? Does your mind get overwhelmed with if's, should have's and maybe's? Till recently that was me! In a funny way, it always started off with a little-tiny worry about a very insignificant minor detail and over the course of the day it escalated till it completely overtook my whole mind. Can you relate?
Anyway, about two months ago I read an article in Red Magazine with this nifty little tip from Martin and Marian Shirran's book and it totally changed my thought-process on worrying. Here it is:
'A thought can only take up as much space in your head as you allow it'
Brilliantly simple, isn't it? Martin and Marian suggest saying this mantra to yourself anytime you feel like your worry is starting to escalate and by repeating it you will stop your brain from allowing the thought to build up.
For example, you might worry about a work project that you have just finished since you noticed that your boss wasn't too impressed with it. Normally, you will go home and start worrying about all the little details you might have done wrong or should have changed and by the end of the night you'll convince yourself that you'll loose your job, get reprimanded or even be removed from the project itself. But for real, your boss was probably just grumpy because of something else. Instead, just repeat that mantra for a few times till your brain calms down and moves on with your day...
It works like a charm on me! Would you try it? What are your anti-worry tricks? xo
P.S: Here is a fun little article to find out what type of worrier are you.
P.P.S: And here are a few tips on how to cope with stress.
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