Erase Worry for a Calmer You

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"The stress and pressures of everyday life can often lead an individual to worry. Worrying is an emotion that has been present throughout human evolution. Our central nervous system frequently responds to stress and fear by worrying. Not all feelings of worry are unhealthy, worrying can push our minds and bodies to find solutions for our real problems. Worry can stem from major stressful life events such as a serious illness or a combination of issues, such as financial stress. Worrying can lead to negative emotions such as feelings of anxiousness or apprehension. Physical symptoms of worry can manifest as nausea, stomach discomfort, headaches, heart palpitations, fatigue, anger, irritability, problems with focus and concentration, poor memory, sleep issues and bad decision making. Patterns of worry are often hardwired within you (genetically and environmentally) leading you to worry when you do not even realize you are doing it.In Chinese Medicine the emotion of worry is strongly associated with the TCM spleen organ of the earth element. Prolonged, excessive worry can lead to disfunction of the TCM spleen, depleting your spleen qi (life force) and generating an accumulation of fluids and dampness in your body. Excess fluids and dampness weigh you down emotionally, physically, and mentally. The depletion of your TCM spleen organ can impair your ability to think clearly and focus, leaving you prone to increased worry, fatigue, loss of appetite and poor digestion.
Acupressure for worry ...Designate a time for worrying each day. It is best to keep your "worry period" at the same time every day and not too close to your bedtime. You can worry about whatever has been bothering you during your "worry period". The rest of the day should remain worry-free. If an anxious thought or worry does creep up during the day, write it down and remind yourself that you will have time to think about it later during your "worry period". Writing down your worries can help them lose their power. If your thoughts are still bothering you, examine them during your "worry period". Once you create a "worry period" practice, you will start to notice your worries do not seem that important anymore, allowing you to shorten or rid yourself of your "worry period" and enjoy your day.
Establish a mindfulness meditation practice... mindfulness meditation practice can help you eliminate your worries by allowing you to be present with your life and circumstances. During your meditation practice acknowledge and hold space for your worries. Observe your worries from an outsider"s perspective without judgment. Pay attention to how your body feels, your breath, your emotions, and thoughts, let your worries pass. If you find yourself dwelling on a negative emotion, bring yourself back to the present. A mindfulness practice can reinforce a positive mental habit, letting you break free of worry."

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