Worry and stress are emotions that everyone has from time to time. If you begin to feel out of control or think worrying is impacting your life, it might be time to consult a professional. Confidant can connect you with a trusted treatment provider and get you the help you need.
If you’re fixating on things you can’t control or having paranoid thoughts, these tips for managing your worries can help you when combined with your treatment.
Practice Accepting Uncertainty
When you worry about uncertainty, you allow your imagination to focus on worst-case scenarios or theoretical problems. In this light, all uncertainty is bad. But it doesn’t need to be scary or dangerous.
The first step in releasing unwanted worry is accepting uncertainty. You will find that by accepting the unknown, you will worry less, enjoy life more, and seek out less reassurance.
Remind yourself that uncertainty is inevitable, and no one—absolutely no one—has all the answers. When you accept that it is a natural part of life, you can begin living yours more fully.
Let Go of Perfectionism
Learn how to let go of perfectionism. Mistakes are a normal part of learning and growing. They do not define you, and neither does perfection. Be sure to talk through irrational fears of failure with a professional to understand what positive and healthy goal-setting should involve.