Everybody worries. But rather than letting your worries steal your sleep and intrude on productive time, behaviour blog Psychology Today suggests handling your worries like you would any other time-consuming activity: schedule them into your day.
In a nutshell, the author suggests choosing a time every day in which you can sit down and constructively review your worries. If something comes up that you're worried about any other time during the day, write it down and deal with it later.
How will this help?
- You will learn that you can actually set aside a worry until later. It's not in control of you.
- Because you set it aside you can get on with living your life. You can live and breathe in the here and now.
- When you set it aside-and let it go—- you will find that there really was no EMERGENCY to get an answer. The answer can wait.
- When you review your worries at 4 pm you will find that they don't bother you as much. They may seem trivial. This is something to think about the next time an alarm goes off in your head that you have to worry now.
Whether you already do something similar or you've got your own ways to manage with worry, share it in the comments. Photo by B Rosen.
Make an Appointment with Your Worries [Psychology Today]