Worrying Too Much
Ruminating over things not only prevents you from getting quality sleep, it also sets off a surge of stress hormones that initially rev you up but deplete your energy stores in the long run, says Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health in Waltham, Massachusetts, and coauthor of Be Happy Without Being Perfect (Crown).
- If it's a single bout of worrying, a brisk walk can lower your stress-hormone levels.
- When frazzled, take 10 deep breaths—in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Calm yourself by sitting still in a chair for 10 minutes. Light a scented candle and listen to soothing classical music with your eyes closed.
- When you're consistently anxious, try Domar's tip: Write down five things that are bothering you, and then address at least one of them. For example, if you've noticed a strange symptom that might indicate a serious health problem, take action by calling your doctor.