Are you someone who often worries about everything? Do you find yourself always thinking about what needs to be done or what could possibly happen? In today’s try this at home tip, I want to encourage you to schedule time to worry.
Worry is a form of anxiety. Anxiety stems from feeling out of control and focusing in the future on something that has not happened. If we allow ourselves, it can be easy to have worry consume our lives. Worry can be about large significant matters such as illness or smaller events that may never happen.
Worry hits us during a meeting, while sitting at a stoplight and often during the night as we attempt to go to sleep (or wake up).
Setting aside a time each day to worry allows you to control your thoughts in a more manageable manner.
Depending upon your personality style, it may be more beneficial to schedule time to worry in the morning or in the evening before bed. It is also important to only allow a small amount of time to worry – such as 15 minutes. A set time forces you to specifically think about what you are worried about and possibly create solutions.
It may also be helpful to write the worries down. Taking them from your thoughts to paper makes the worries tangible. By creating a list, one can often find there aren’t as many worries nor are they as overwhelming as once believed.
Do you feel you would benefit from scheduling time to worry?
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