Worrying

Stop anxiety

How does repeatedly going over your worries affect you? Your problems only seem to get bigger. You can’t sleep and you become tense, frustrated, and grouchy. Worrying is negative thinking and makes you unhappy.

Anti-anxiety tips

1. Write down what makes you anxious
It is time to put a stop to your worries. Record every anxious thought that you have in a journal or in your smartphone. Writing down your concerns will help you stop worrying about them. It allows you to let your problems go and create a clear space in your head.

2. Dissect your worries
These kinds of thoughts rarely make sense. When you worry, you often imagine a worst-case scenario, even though the likelihood of it is practically zero. You run around in circles and get the same or worse results. Start breaking your worries down. What are the best and worst things that could happen to you? What can you do about it? This makes your thoughts more realistic. You might even discover that your issues with worrying can be resolved. Then you can formulate a plan of how to resolve your worries. If you need any help, go ahead and ask someone.

3. Find a distraction
Start doing something — anything. Activities that demand concentration or effort work best. Take action and get things done. Breathing exercises are also a great way to calm your anxiety.

4. Put your anxiety into perspective
Ask yourself if your concerns now will be as important next year. Accepting situations for what they are also helps decrease anxiety. You cannot change the past. What’s done is done: leave the past in the past. What about the future? There’s no way to know. Accept your life the way it is. Live in the present. “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it”, is a good motto.

5. Talk it out
Talking about your anxieties aloud can give you a sense of relief. It also enables you to organise your thoughts. Are they valid or not? Talk with your family and friends and seek out help to stop worrying. Don’t get too wrapped up in your own thoughts.

Assistance

  • You can make an appointment with your general practitioner to discuss your situation
  • Or you can contact a Startpunt staff member to discuss your situation without a referral. In order to direct you towards other forms of help, a referral from your GP may be required. This depends on the situation