How To Train Your Brain To Stop Worrying

Worrying is one of the worst things you can do for your health, especially when it comes to mental health. Some people consider it a bad habit while others believe that it serves a purpose for the brain. Whether bad or harmless, worrying occupies the brain as we focus on things that are beyond our control.

How To Train Your Brain To Stop Worrying

Stop your brain from worrying by writing it down

As unbelievable as it seems, this technique is very valuable.  If something is keeping you up at night, write it down.  This helps the brain to relieve itself by no longer having to spend energy trying to remember details. For instance, if you are having guests coming over and are worrying about what to serve, write down “what to serve?”

Why write it down?  Chronic worries may be chronic problem-avoiders, experts agree.  Researchers in the journal Anxiety, Stress & Coping gave the participants an opportunity to write down 3 possible outcomes for upsetting situations. After analyzing the solutions, the scientists noted:  “When participants’ problem elaborations were rated 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. Instead, they conform to the view that worry is a cognitive avoidance response.”

Exercise to train the brain to stop worrying

Worrying teaches the brain to survive by choosing whether or not to activate the flight-or-flight system.  The fear response is the same thing that happens to the body when you worry.

According to a study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, exercise is beneficial for you, particularly when you experience symptoms of anxiety. If the body feels fewer symptoms of stress (physically), the mind will interpret that there must be less to worry about.

Exercise gives the body a reason for the perspiration and increased heart rate that we may feel when we worry.  It helps lower blood pressure levels, yet another physical symptom of stress. It is recommended to take a 5-10-minute walk outside when you notice that you are worrying.  The sounds of nature will help you calm down and relax.

Meditate

According to a study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine that studied the effects of meditation, it is great for reducing cognitive anxiety.  While people are pressed for time and rarely find the time to meditate, the truth is that it is as easy as closing the eyes for thirty seconds and relaxing.

Taking a couple of moment to avoid non-natural noise you focus on the things that are truly important to you.  Worrisome thoughts may still be present while you mediate, but this is completely normal at the beginning.