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Calm down your body
Focusing your thoughts on something in particular can help break the worrying cycle and stop the thoughts from escalating. Some great ways to break this worry cycle include:
Mindfulness – focusing on the present moment
Distraction – playing a video game, scrolling through Instagram, etc.
Visualisation – choosing to ‘deliberately think’ by picturing or imagining something pleasant in your brain
Daydreaming/imagining – you could use this as a ‘mental break’, or even use it to creatively reimagine your worries
Once you have calmed down your body and mind, it’s important to re-engage your smart brain (especially if you need help solving a problem!)
This can work the other way, too. If you are feeling anxious/stressed, doing things that helps your smart brain come back online can help you calm down your body and mind.
Some ways to turn your smart brain back on include:
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