Fear and worry can dominate your world, if you let it.
Finding the key to overcoming worry can be a challenging task, but with self-honesty, self-reflection, and allowance, it is possible to alleviate the burden of worry. One crucial tip that stands out above all is to acknowledge and confront your worries head-on. Two ways to approach it is;
Be Brutally Self Honest
Self-honesty plays a vital role in this process. It involves recognising and accepting your worries without judgment or denial. By honestly acknowledging your concerns, you can begin to understand their roots and gain clarity on what specifically is causing you distress.
Adopt a Gentle Self Reflection Practice
Self-reflection goes hand in hand with self-honesty. Take the time to reflect on your worries and explore why they are affecting you so deeply. Consider if there are any underlying fears or past experiences that may be contributing to your worry. This introspection allows you to gain insight into yourself and provides an opportunity for personal growth.
It is natural to experience worry from time to time, but..
Resisting or suppressing emotions can intensify them further
Instead, practice allowing yourself to feel worried while maintaining a sense of compassion towards yourself.
By embracing self-honesty, engaging in self-reflection, and allowing yourself space for worry, you can take significant steps towards overcoming its grasp on your life. Remember that the key to overcoming worry is knowing it is a journey that requires patience and self-compassion along the way.
A question to ask yourself when swept away by stress and worry is..
What is the ultimate goal of my soul?
With so many responsibilities like work, contributions to family, friends and our environment, where do we find time to see where we are as a soul, and how the unfoldment of our soul is going?
Explore the answers to this question in your ‘worry’ moments. It is not to get ‘likes’, to attain or ‘possess’ things or to get approval. The soul has no need for those things.
To seek and find our own deepest and truest answers to this ‘one’ question can offer a huge sense of ease. Because we get to move forward in a confident, certain and balanced way.
In addition, answering this question, for ourselves, will help determine our core values, which become tools to navigate our human life journey.
Giving ourselves time to go within, or for introspection, can have dramatic effects on overcoming deep-seated fear and day to day worry.
Reflection & Introspection
When we allow ourselves the time to reflect and ask our self “How does my existence feel? What type of signature or flavour does my existence have? If my soul had a mission, what would it be? Where am I now in relation to where I want to be?” Repeat the exercise often, and see what answers arise for you.
When you get to know, and befriend your soul, and align with your souls goal, you’ll come to know that all the forces of the Universe are with you. All the forces of the Universe ‘are’ you. Forever. When you ‘know’ that in your heart of hearts, then you will live your life without excessive anxiety and worry.
3 Effective Strategies to Help Overcome Worry
1. Identify and challenge negative thoughts
The first step in overcoming worry is to become aware of your negative thoughts and challenge them. Often, our worries are based on irrational or exaggerated thinking patterns.
Take a moment to identify the specific thoughts that are causing you to feel anxious and ask yourself if they are truly rational or if there is evidence to support them.
By questioning the validity of these thoughts, you can begin to replace them with more realistic and positive ones.
2. Practice relaxation techniques
Anxiety often manifests itself physically through symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, tense muscles, and shallow breathing.
Engaging in relaxation techniques can help calm your body and mind. Deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, or engaging in activities such as yoga or tai chi can all promote a sense of calmness and reduce anxiety levels.
3. Move towards solutions
Worrying tends to keep us stuck in a cycle of fear without taking any productive action. To break free from this pattern, it is important to identify actionable steps that you can take towards resolving the source of your worries.
Make a list of potential solutions or strategies that could address the issue at hand and start implementing them one by one. Taking proactive steps will not only give you a sense of control but also provide tangible results that can alleviate your worries.
Remember that overcoming worry takes time, practice and self compassion; it won’t happen overnight. Be patient with yourself as you work through these steps, seek support from loved ones or professionals if needed, and celebrate each small victory along the way towards living a more worry-free life.
Little Wings Collection author, illustrator and designer Sonja Kallio shares motivational exercises and techniques that can contribute on your journey to finding inner guidance through self reflection and discovery.