I have to admit, I struggle with worrying. I know every day stress and concerns are normal, but sometimes the slightest hint of bad news causes me to leap into panic mode and my energy gets zapped. Sure my personality does have a thing or two to do with my worry meter (I’m a type A), but I’ve found that some of my every day habits also affect how I respond to problems.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
First off, I try my darnedest to never go to sleep after watching the nightly news. Why? Because the news, though informative, can be filled with doom and gloom. Chances are that if I go to bed with a dark cloud hanging over my head, I will not be ready to ward off temptations to fret the next day if challenges arrive.
Secondly, I make sure that I get at least 8 hours of sleep! Yes, you read that right. I know that my body does not function well when I don’t get these hours in. Everyone’s body of course has different needs, but the fact remains, good quality sleep helps anyone ward off anxiousness.
Thirdly, I make time for exercise. It’s no secret that hitting the gym helps to relieve stress. Not only are the physical benefits sublime, the mental health benefits are exceptional. I find that when I’ve taken the time to run a few miles, my head is clear and I’m ready to face challenges without jumping to disastrous conclusions.
Finally, I’ve also learned to not be ashamed to ask for help from others if I feel that I can’t conquer my problems alone.