Meditation Stop Worrying by Staying Present With Mindfulness By Jenev Caddell, PsyD Jenev Caddell, PsyD Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Jenev Caddell, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist, relationship coach, and author. Learn about our editorial process Updated on April 21, 2020 Reviewed Verywell Mind articles are reviewed by mental health professionals. Reviewers confirm the content is thorough and accurate, reflecting the latest evidence-based research. Content is reviewed before publication and upon substantial updates. Learn more. by Megan Monahan Reviewed by Megan Monahan Megan Monahan is a certified meditation instructor and has studied under Dr. Deepak Chopra. She is also the author of the book, Don't Hate, Meditate. Learn about our Review Board Print Micky Wiswedel/Stocksy United Excessive worry seems to continue to be on the rise, even impacting teens more than ever, and can have devastating consequences. Worry and stress can contribute to sleep problems, which can have serious ramifications, physical problems, and of course mental health issues, including full-blown anxiety disorders. Let's focus on a key mind hack that will help you to keep your worrying in check and reduce stress. Press Play for Advice On Reducing Worry Hosted by Editor-in-Chief and therapist Amy Morin, LCSW, this episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast shares how to stop worrying about things you can't control. Click below to listen now. Follow Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts The Importance of Staying Present in the Moment One key mind hack to keep your worry at bay is a simple concept in theory but can be more difficult to put into practice when your worry gremlins start to rear their ugly heads. Try this mind hack: staying present in each moment's experience. It is hard to worry when you are focused only on the present moment. Worry is typically always about the future, and occasionally about the past. It is nearly impossible to be anxious or worried when your mind is in the here and now. The Role of Mindfulness Staying present is easier said than done. There are many distractions in your life and things to keep your mind focused on anything but the present moment. In reality, worry is actually protective in some ways to help us anticipate dangerous situations. This is one reason why it can be so hard to shut worry off. One of the best tools to practice staying present is mindfulness. Mindfulness is essentially an accepting, open, non-judgmental and curious focus on one's emotional, cognitive and sensory experience in the present moment. Simply put, mindfulness is present moment self-awareness. You can practice mindful awareness of the present moment at any time, or cultivate a mindfulness meditation practice in which a specific time of your day is devoted toward practicing mindfulness meditation. Practical Tips for Being More Mindful Finding twenty minutes a day or more to sit down and meditate may seem close to impossible. The good news is that you do not have to cultivate an ongoing meditative practice in order to reap the rewards of being more mindful in your daily life. How to Become More Mindful in Your Everyday Life The same mobile device that can rapidly take you out of the present moment can also serve as a reminder for you to return to the present moment. You can make your mobile phone your mindfulness machine by using it to set reminders that go off through the day that encourages you to stay in the moment. When your reminder goes off, just stop whatever you are doing for thirty seconds or so and focus your awareness on the present moment. Check in with yourself and ask yourself about how you are feeling emotionally and physically, and what you are thinking about. Mindfulness is all about being accepting, non-critical and open, so be kind to yourself and curious about your experience. You may notice during these times that your head is all wrapped up and worrying about the future. Use these moments as an opportunity to return to the present moment. Remind yourself that regardless of what happens in the future, you will be able to handle it. After all, you always have been able to handle whatever life has thrown at you. Just practicing this a few times a day should cause you to be more present overall, and you will likely notice a decrease in any chronic worrying. While there are numerous ways to slow down and be more present, the key to cutting down the worry is remembering the importance of doing so. What Is Destination Anxiety? Sources Verywell Mind uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. American Psychological Association (2014). Stress in America: Are Teens Adopting Adults’ Stress Habits? Washington D.C. By Jenev Caddell, PsyD Jenev Caddell, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist, relationship coach, and author. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.