Worry is useful when it calls us to action. But it's a problem when it becomes an ongoing state of mind. It can become a habit, bringing tension and stress.
If you're a worrier, you may have mixed feelings. It may seem that worry
- keeps you on your toes; yet it
- makes you edgy and distracted, interfering with your sleep and peace of mind.
Relieving the stress of worry doesn't mean you have to stop worrying. Here are some strategies to harness the positives of worry and keep the rest in balance:
- Don't try to give it up. Instead, do it consciously and take notes! Schedule a 45-minute "worry time" for yourself every day. If a worry pops up at another time, write it down for review during your next worry period.