We all know someone who worries excessively - or perhaps you worry too much yourself. On his November 1 talk show, Dr. Mehmet Oz teamed up with psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser to explain how to stop stressing and start living.
Author of "How to Be a Grown Up: The Ten Secret Skills Everyone Needs to Know" (click for details), Stacy warns that too much worrying can be harmful to your health. And as she pointed out to a woman who worries constantly, much of what we worry about is out of our control.
Want to cut down on your stress? Dr. Oz and Stacy urge you to take these steps:
- Set aside five minutes to write down all your worries. Stacy urges you to put everything on that worry list.
- Now go through the list and cross off what you can't control, from whether it will rain to whether the price of gas will go up.
- Remember that you can't change events that have already happened.
And here's a great tip for getting more happiness out of life: Make a positivity jar. On small pieces of paper, write down everything you're grateful for. Examples:
- I'm grateful for my kitten Bob.
- I'm grateful for my gym membership and time to use it.
- I'm grateful for my friends.
Put all these pieces of paper in a jar. When you're really stressed, pull out a piece at random and focus it on. You can't have a negative and positive thought at the same time, so it will help you appreciate the good things in your life while reducing your stress!