Worry can be an albatross around your neck. It doesn’t matter if you are worried about something seemingly insignificant, when you worry it is always there in the back of your mind. So, today we are going to look at a few ways that you can try to manage that feeling, not solve or rid yourself of them, but cope with the feeling itself.

Write Your Worries Down

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We teach children about dealing with worries in colourful and imaginative ways. When it comes to us as grown ups though, we tend to forget those opportunities for managing our feelings. Think about worry dolls, worry jars and worry monsters. These are all options, as adults, that we can utilise, just in a slightly different way.

Each of the above examples work in a similar fashion. Writing down your concern and then letting go of it. The Worry Monster for example, eats your fear. Whilst this is a simplified idea that works well for children, we know that the feeling isn’t magically vanishing, it’s still there. However, it is a great starting point for managing those emotions. Writing down what is causing concern can ease the anxieties and much of the time clear your mind, allowing you to cope with the worry and then go on to deal with it.

There is nothing to say you can’t have a worry monster, jar or even just a journal. Perhaps write the problem down and then throw it in the bin. All of these ideas will help you to let go of the worried sensation and move forward in dealing with the issue.

Talk to Someone About How You Are Feeling

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Talking can be a great tonic. Those days when you put the world to rights with a good friend over coffee, can be just the ticket to changing your perspective and seeing things in a more positive light. Taking that time to chat to a friend can have immeasurable benefits.

It doesn’t have to be a big thing either. I have a friend that I get together and have breakfast with, chatting about our lives and those things that irk us. Friends that will message or call when something is up and need to talk. I even have friends with whom a phone call is always going to be us venting about anything and everything.

Just the act of talking about an anxiety can help to ease it. It doesn’t have to be a friend or family member, you could talk to your GP or seek out counselling if the worry is persistent.

Be Proactive in Your Approach to Worry

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One of the biggest issues people can face is letting the worry fester. When we do this it becomes bigger. It can become something that constantly looms over you. Being proactive when feeling these emotions can help reduce this.

This means taking steps, not just to face the problem and resolve it, but in managing the worry. So, writing them down, talking about your problem or using meditation to mention just a few ways.

You can find lots of information and ideas throughout The Wonderment, to help with worrying.

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About Author

Erika is bright, bubbly and friendly. Studying to be a counsellor, she is committed to helping others in the pursuit of better mental health. Having suffered from mental health issues herself including severe anxiety and PTSD, she wants to show others that the light at the end of the tunnel is not just a cliché!
Erika enjoys spending time with her little one, friends and family, crafting, reading, writing, music gaming, cooking, creating art, cacti and llamas.

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