I am such a worry wart, it’s something about myself which I definitely wish I could change.
Worrying solves nothing, it’s a pointless act. It will never change the outcome of the circumstance – These are the things I tell myself over and over and yet I STILL worry.
My worrying has definitely led to anxiety and I’ve suffered so badly from it in past years. Luckily now I seem to have it under control but certain things can still set me off.
I have always been a worrier, I get it from my mum, she’s even worse than me! But I HAVE always had things to worry about in my life. Having Cystic Fibrosis means that you’ll go through all kinds. Operations/procedures, tests, annual tests to see how your health is doing over the years, it’s bloody relentless, so worrying comes in the package sadly.
Then there’s just general life worries like; will I ever be able to buy my own home with my partner? I’m 29 – do people laugh at me for still living at home with my parents?
So yeah, I have all kinds of worry.
The past few months though I’ve learnt to distract myself from the worrying, I’ve tried to actually listen to that voice saying that worrying solves nothing.
I have found that distraction works best for me and these 5 things below are the things I do to keep the worrying at bay…
You’ve probably seen exercise being the best thing for mental health all over the internet but it truly does help me a LOT!
I go to the gym 3 times a week and I feel it helps me deal with whatever I’m worrying about at the time. I concentrate on the things I’m doing at the gym and my progress and that takes me mind off the worries.
I also practise Yoga which works very well too, don’t ask me how but Yoga calms my racing worrisome mind and an early morning Yoga practice seriously does me the world of good. If you’re wanting to try it out I seriously recommend ‘Yoga with Adriene‘ on YouTube.
Reading is my ultimate escape when things get too much for me. I love getting lost in a story, usually a thriller and not thinking about what’s worrying me. I do tend to stay away from anything sad though…
The book I’ve just finished reading was great for distraction as it was one of those with lots of twists and turns and I spent any time away from the book trying to figure it out!
If you’re interested in the book, I mentioned it here in my April Review post!
If reading isn’t your thing then maybe you could try tv boxsets?
I’m currently making my way through Grey’s Anatomy and omg I am HOOKED. I could definitely watch 5 episodes on the bounce and not notice!
Sometimes some people need an intricate programme to get into, to keep their minds busy. Maybe something like a murder mystery would be good, Midsummer Murders is bound to be on one of the tv channels somewhere.
Another programme I LOVE to watch and always cheers me up no matter what is Plebs on itv2. It’s hilarious and I desperately want a Grumio in my life!!!!!
Spending time with pets
Spending time with pets is actually proven to reduce depression so it’s only fitting that when I spend time with my little dog she banishes all worrying feelings and thoughts.
Even just sitting by her makes me feel better but taking her for a little walk is the best. Getting out and about in the fresh air and looking after my pup – what could be better?
I’m aaaaaall about the self care. Having a warm bubble bath, shaving my legs and sometimes putting a bit of tan on can lift my mood. It doesn’t even have to be anything that big either.
Trying out a new mascara or playing around with eyeliner is a good little distraction if you don’t feel like doing much or just having a general play around with make up. I often do this when feeling a bit down and worrying a lot about something and it does help!
I hope these 5 ideas help you out if you’re worrying about something, they certainly help me!
Do you have any ways that help distract you from worrying? Write them in the comments below!