Chronic worrying is not normal, although I feel that many have accepted it as part of their daily routines. Sometimes it feels impossible not to worry. For me, I tend to let my imagination run wild with worries and I end up feeling worse. I have even found myself worrying because I know a friend or relative is also worried. Kind of like a sympathetic worrier.
I have found that there are several ways to quell my worries:
Go for a walk: There is something extremely therapeutic about exercise. I love to go for a long walk when I am feeling worried. I can be alone with my thoughts and work through my issues. I also enjoy going to the gym if the weather is too cold outside for a walk. My gym has a lot of distractions like a swimming pool and a walking track. It helps me to get active when I am feeling really worried.
Journal: I keep a small journal in my purse that I like to write in often. It's a very small leather bound journal that I have had for several years. I like to write my worries down or vent in my journal.
Cook: I have started picking out recipes on Pinterest when I am feeling stressed. I prefer to choose complex recipes that I have been wanting to try. For me, cooking is a really fun way to cope with my worries. I never follow a recipes 100% and always have to add my own little ideas in for good measure. I have also found that trying new things has helped me to be a better cook.
Listen to music: I have the most eclectic taste in music. Some people are very specific about their preferred type of music. But for me, it is all wonderful. I love to put on my headphones and block out the rest of the world for a while.
Everyone copes with their worries in a different way. It amazes me how effortlessly some people manage their worries. Are you a worrywart?