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How to Train Your Brain to Stop Worrying

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How to Train Your Brain to Stop Worrying

Our brain is designed to react to things quickly. Strangely enough, most reactions come without us even having to ‘think’ about it. This is a useful little tool most of the time. But, when your brain’s initial reaction to most things becomes fear or worry, it can create larger problems for your everyday life.

Worrying occasionally is not unhealthy. We all find something to worry about from time to time. But, when that worry takes over situations that don’t warrant it, you might start to recognize that it’s a problem. Perhaps you feel paralyzed by an upcoming dental appointment, or a meeting with your boss, or even going out to dinner with friends.

If worrying has ever taken over your thoughts and started to affect your life and relationships, it may be time to ‘re-train’ your brain. There are simple but effective steps you can take to stop worrying so much. These tips on training your brain can be used to really think about the upcoming situations that you’re worried about, and how you can handle them better.

Make Meditation a Habit

Meditation might sound cliché when it comes to calming down your thoughts, but it’s literally been around for thousands of years for a reason: It works! Meditation has been proven by research to improve cognitive health, lower anxiety, and allows you to feel more focused throughout the day.

If you have never meditated before, you may have some incorrect preconceived notions about it. Meditation doesn’t take hours a day. You don’t need to make certain noises or dress in a certain way. You only need a few minutes a day in a quiet space to take your thoughts captive, and remove stress from your mind. Worrisome thoughts may still come. It’s the job of your meditative state to let them go by and not dwell on them for too long.

Train Your Body

One of the best ways to train your brain to stop worrying is to train your body. Exercise has many benefits, one of them being that it can help to reduce stress. But it can also reassure your body’s ‘fight or flight’ responses. Our body often responds to stress before our mind does. If your body feels less anxiety in a certain situation, your mind will interpret it as nothing to worry about.

One of the best ways to combat physical stress is to get more physically fit. Any form of exercise can be beneficial, you don’t need to go to the gym for hours each day for it to have a positive impact. A 5-10 minute walk in the middle of the day can help your body to combat stressful symptoms. This is achieved by sending signals to your mind that everything is going to be okay.

Accept Your Worry

Sometimes, we can worry so much, that we end up stressing out over how much we are worrying! It’s an endless cycle that can wreak havoc on both your mind and body. If you are a worrisome person by nature, one tool you can use to overcome it is to simply accept it. Accept the worries as they come into your mind for what they are.

The important aspect of this tip, though? Once you accept it, you have to be able to move on. You can accept that a certain upcoming situation might cause stress. It might be something you are not looking forward to, and it could even be something that scares you. But, once you have talked yourself through that acceptance, you have to let it go. Sometimes, telling yourself it’s okay to be worried is the best thing you can do, and can actually help you to feel calmer when the actual situation arises.

Empty Your Worries onto Paper

It might seem silly to write all of your worries down, since that puts them all out in front of you. But, think of this action more like an emptying of the mind. When you write down your worries over a certain situation, you are pinning them to the paper and giving your mind a break. If you are not using a daily journal, I highly recommend that you start.

Studies have shown that this tactic is great for people who get nervous before taking tests, for example. When your stressful thoughts are out in the open, you can look back at them. They become tangible, but they also may become less intimidating when they are just words on a piece of paper. Transfer your worries from your mind to a written list or journal, and you will feel more confident in overcoming them.

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Give Yourself a Break

It is impossible to be perfect all of the time. Unfortunately, that’s what many of us strive to be on a daily basis. Many of us know that we will fail sometimes, but some people have a harder time accepting this than others. It seems like every day we are told we have to do something new for better health, or better relationships, or more success. If you fall short of those ‘expert’ tips, you might start worrying that you are doing something majorly wrong with your life.

The key here is to cut yourself some slack. Your goal should be to live your best life, not the perfect life. This mindset should be at the forefront of every area of your life, including your health, relationships, workplace, and more. When we are able to take some of the pressures off ourselves that society unfortunately puts there, it makes it a lot easier to stop worrying so much about the things we’ll never be able to live up to.

Stop Worrying and Find Freedom

It might be impossible to get rid of worrisome thoughts altogether. You may just be more conscious of stressful situations than others. The solution is to be able to control those worries. You can’t let those thoughts take over your life, or it could damage your overall health and well being.

By using some of the suggestions in this article, you can be more mindful of your thoughts, and fight back against damaging worries every day. It is unlikely that you’ll stop stressing about everything overnight. But, with conscious effort and tips like the ones listed here, you can keep your worries in check, and live a more fulfilling life in the absence of fear.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

Bucket list Create Lasting Memories

4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

Bucket List For Life long Learning

6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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