11 Habits of Worry-Free People

Worry is a completely natural part of life, it’s standard to think of the consequences of your actions and imagine that they turn out negatively. Worrying may be natural, but it is generally not helpful or productive. The Huffington Post describes the 11 habits of people who never worry. 1.    Focus on the present – what ifs are not helpful, focus on the now, not what may or may not happen later 2.    Practice mindfulness – a term I am very familiar with from years of CBT, this technique helps to keep you ground in the present. don'tworry2 3.    Their brains function differently in worry-inducing events – a scientific study showed that worriers brains are far more active than positive thinkers brains when it comes to difficult situations. 4.    More willing to take chances – this means being more flexible in your willingness to test out solutions that may have a negative consequence. 5.    Having a sense of perspective – instead of jumping to a worst-case-scenario, distancing yourself from the situation can show you how unlikely that negative outcome is to happen. don'tworry4 6.    Get to the root of their worry – worrying can spin out of control, one worry leads to 10 other worries, focusing on the root issue can solve the problem rather than generate more problems. 7.    Designate time for worry – designating a 15 minute time window for worrying makes you push any worries out of your mind for the rest of the day. 8.    Confidence that they can handle whatever comes – this point is pretty self explanatory, just trust in yourself to be able to handle any problem that comes up. 9.    Ability to see positive outcomes in bleak situations – even seeing that there COULD be a positive outcome rather than focusing on the absolute worst-case-scenario is the mark of a worry-free person. 10. Ask themselves the right questions – questions like “is it my problem? Do I have control over it? Have I done everything I can? Is it imminent?” can drastically cut down on worry. don'tworry3   11. Know how to perceive their negative emotions – be self aware, and use your emotions to make informed decisions, rather than fight against those emotions. As someone who has had years of therapy for anxiety related issues, it’s amazing how so many of these techniques are things that they teach you, or you just pick up, from mental health professionals. Thinking about it now, I have to say that I guess I’m not a big worrier, something I probably wouldn’t have said 5 years ago. This just goes to show that, even though you may not be able to change your brain's chemical make-up, you can adopt some of these habits and become worry free.

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