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    How To Stop Worrying

    According to a study by the University of Surrey in the
    United Kingdom, worrying can have long-term chronic
    health consequences, including cardiovascular disease. 

    So how do you stop worrying?  

    Here are three  actions you can take to take your mind
    off of your troubles: 

    1. Change your bedtime

    Researchers at Binghamton University in New York
    found that people who go to bed very late and sleep
    for short amounts of time are more overwhelmed with
    negative thoughts than those who keep more regular
    sleeping hours.  

    They tend to worry about the future and dwell over past
    events, and they have a higher risk of anxiety, depression,
    post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive
    disorder. 

    “Making sure that sleep is obtained during the right time
    of day may be an inexpensive fix  for individuals who are
    bothered by intrusive thoughts,” said Jacob Nota, one
    of the study’s researchers. 

    2. Smell a grapefruit

    Breathing in certain aromas can help reduce stress and help you stop worrying unnecessarily.  

    In a study at James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio,
    researchers tested the effect of pleasant-smelling essential
    oils by diffusing them in the central nurses’ station.  

    Oncology nurses, who frequently suffer from work-related
    stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout, reported significant
    improvements in tension, worry, and demands over the
    course of the study. 

    One of the essential oils tested was grapefruit, which is
    refreshing and revitalizing, and helped boost the body’s
    feelings of energy and happiness. 

    3. Eat chocolate

    While sweets can cause you to have a sugar high
    and crash, researchers have found that a little
    chocolate can be beneficial for worriers.  

    According to a study published in the Journal
    of Proteome Research, dark chocolate can
    help calm your nerves.  

    Participants who ate one and a half ounces of
    dark chocolate a day for two weeks had reduced
    levels of stress hormones. 

    Take Action

    Try one or more of these three strategies when you
    next find yourself worrying over things, especially those out of your control. 

    At Resilient Minds we help our clients grow their resilience
    so they can perform at high levels on the really important
    things in all aspects of their lives. 

    Warm regards 

    Jamie Ford

     “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties  
    today of its strength.”

    ––Corrie ten Boom 

    www.resilientminds.co.nz
    Thought Leaders in Resilience, Productivity, and Wellbeing
    Jamie +64 21 772 079

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