Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.
With a new year approaching, many of us are worrying about the things that don’t really matter. Stress and anxiety can often cloud our judgment, leading us to focus on the wrong things. To help calm these fears and stay centered, try self-care techniques such as journaling, listening to a calming podcast, and focusing on things that truly make you happy.
In this episode of the Really Personal Podcast, we dig to the roots of worry, a habit plowed in our minds, essentially a protection mechanism. We’re trying to chase after the best outcome in any situation and run away from the worst-case outcome. This cycle causes stress, fear, and anxiety.
What if everything works out? Today is the tomorrow that you were worried about yesterday. You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future. The next time you start overthinking and having scenarios in your head to cause you to worry, stop yourself and remind yourself that they don’t exist. What exists is everything that’s around you now.
Let go of the things that don’t matter and start taking better care of yourself this new year. Life Journals and Prompts and Self-Care Planners are the perfect way to jump-start your writing meditation practices and to approach each day with intentions and gratitude. The planners include space to plan and record meals, habits, sleep, mood, water intake, exercise, and much more. With beautiful covers and pages waiting to be filled, Life Journals and Planners are a perfect tool for self-care and reflection.
Things you can do to change how you’re feeling right now:
#1: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…. Insert
Interrupt the worry with 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and insert something else. You can also say that this moment will pass, I can handle this. You just HAVE to interrupt those thoughts and insert something else.
Force yourself to focus on gratitude. Take 30 seconds or 1 minute to state 3 things you’re grateful for. Let that gratitude wash over you.
#3: Self Affirmations
Affirm yourself- look into your eyes in the mirror after throwing water on your face or while putting face cream, and remind yourself of how incredible you are.
Journal and write down what comes from your heart for a few minutes. Self-Care Planner allows reflections after organizing your to-do list, wellness, and most of all, your gratitude. The carefully crafted prompts and meditations of the Life Journal will help you to explore your innermost thoughts and feelings, and the writing exercises will provide an outlet for emotions you may not have even realized you were repressing. This journal is more than just a simple diary- it’s a tool for self-therapy that will help you to grow and develop in ways you never thought possible.
Sit for a moment with mindful intentionality, and meditate. Be fully present, taking in and releasing deep breaths for 30 seconds or 1 minute.
If you feel kind of sad or just experiencing a low mood or feeling the winter blues, as difficult as it may seem, get up and move your body. It doesn’t have to be anything extraneous or over the top. It means maybe moving off the couch or moving off the bed, and transitioning into dancing or going for a walk. Light movement can work wonders to shift your mood.
#7: Outside in Nature
If you’re feeling confused or feel as though you need some direction, and you don’t know how to make sense of it all with this current moment in your life, go out, go for a walk, and get some fresh air. You’ll notice what a huge impact it will have on your mood. A hot girl/boy walk (HGW/HBW) is addicting to providing peace and assurance.
#8: Move out of bed
If you’re feeling tired but can’t sleep, get out of your bed, sit on the couch or somewhere else that’s comfortable, and read. Do not read on your phone. Grab a book and just read.
#9: Do something at the moment
If feeling anxious, remind yourself that you could do something at that very moment to ground yourself. That can look like finding five things around you, baking something, lighting a candle, rolling out a yoga mat, and doing basic movement and stretching.
Make 2023 your year of self-care and transformation – don’t let the things that don’t matter, matter.