We have all experienced the 4 a.m. loop of thoughts that refuse to cease. Whether we're tormented by financial anxiety, fears about losing our current partner, or never meeting “the one" in the first place, feeling stress can drive us quite mad.
Yet, if we investigate deeper, we can see that these external things—the relationships, children, our financial state—are not really the cause of our negative emotional states of worry and anxiety.
Instead, our stress is caused by our internal worrying thoughts, which are simply a particular type of thought pattern, nothing more. If we learn simple mindfulness tools to become the master of these worrisome thought patterns, they no longer can run our lives.
Here are four ways to do it: