I don’t know about you but sometimes my mind gets stuck in a loop of worry where I spend most of my time stressed to the max about all the things that could go wrong. Are you an anxious ruminator too?
Simplify The Reality Of The Situation
Instead of trying to control the situation simplify things by completing one true fact-based sentence. After a few hours or days of rumination, it may take a moment to recall the reality of the situation. For example, it has been 2 weeks and your sister hasn’t returned your call. That is the reality, although your mind may have convinced yourself that she is for some reason mad at you or avoiding you. You may have spent many hours going over your last conversation in search of what may be wrong. In reality, you don’t know. Leave it at that and focus on what you can control. For example, you can try calling her again or you can patiently await a return call.
Consider The Best-Case Scenario
Instead of focusing on all the things that could go wrong, consider the best-case scenario. This can help to lift your spirits instead of just bringing you down. However, we must not forget that the options span far beyond our wildest imagination—and if we are too focused on a specific outcome we may miss an amazing alternative.
Last but not least, do something that will clear your mind. Physical activity, art, music, reading or a hobby you enjoy.