New Perspectives on Worrying

Are you feeling like you worry more?  If so, you may find these tips helpful.

  1. Schedule a set amount of time every day to worry. Start with 15 to 20 minutes. 
  2. Develop steps to resolve the issue worrying you. Put those steps into action if possible.
  3. Take 8 to 10 minutes every day to put your worries on paper. This helps to calm thoughts.

Worry and anxiety have some similarities, but there are important differences.

  • Worry is in your mind.
  • Anxiety is usually also felt in the body.
  • Worry is usually caused by a specific problem while anxiety may have no apparent cause.
  • Worry is controllable, while anxiety may feel out of control.
  • Worry may cause mild distress, while anxiety may be much more distressing.

Melanie Greenberg, clinical psychologist, writes about this in her book The Stress-Proof Brain. 

Training yourself to worry at a specific time may allow your mind to relax more throughout the rest of your day and may allow you to fall asleep more easily. Sleep, in turn, is vital to your health and well-being. Calming worry may improve sleep, and your overall health.

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