Ease your mind
Did you turn off the stove burner? Will your child get into university? What’s that rash on your hand? Worrying is a natural response to things that affect everyone at one time or another. But chronic worrying, the kind that never lets up, can be unpleasant, distracting and even harmful to our health and wellbeing, says Professor Kate Sweeny. What to do about it? Don’t beat yourself up. Instead, give yourself a big dose of self-compassion and try these tips to clear your mind and worry a little less.
Chronic stress and indecision go hand in hand. What’s the connection with clutter? People who accumulate clutter tend to have trouble deciding what to do with their stuff. (“I’ll keep this catalogue/insurance form/magazine article until I can find the time to deal with it.”) A study in the Journal of Affective Disorders finds ” information processing deficits” in people who surround themselves with clutter. In other words, they worry so much they have a harder time making decisions.
How to unclutter your space and reduce worrying? Start with one small area and create rules. For example, vow to clear the kitchen bench every single night, even if that means piling the junk on another surface. Then add another rule: completely clean off the table. And another: clean out the sink. Continue until you can maintain several areas of your home without clutter, and hopefully your worrying will ease up.
Some research shows that hypnosis can be tremendously useful for people who worry too much. One 2018 study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that hypnosis helps with a variety of health conditions, including anxiety and sleep. Other research suggests that hypnosis may be even more helpful at relieving anxiety than cognitive behavioural therapy. There are many benefits of hypnosis, and many ways to get them. To find a licensed psychologist certified in hypnosis, ask your family doctor or your regular psychologist for a referral, or consider one of the many free or low-fee hypnosis apps out there. One of them might offer you relief.