We all worry about things on occasion, but worrying too much will only increase your stress levels. If you tend to be a worrywart, this quick exercise can help you.
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Chronic worriers usually end up worrying about things they don't need to worry about. If that sounds like you, some form of filter can reduce a big chunk of anxiety right from the start.
The other aspect of worrying is the way it affects you mentally. Chris Winfield at Inc. came up with a system of simple questions to help you address your worries head-on:
- Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to 3.)
- Can you absolutely know that it's true? (Yes or no.)
- How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
- Who would you be without the thought?
The first part of the exercise helps you eliminate the stuff that doesn't need to be on your mind at all. The second part has you looking inward to really see how your worrying can be affecting you in a negative way. The last question can be useful on its own because we usually have a hard time seeing the way we could be. Maybe you'll be a much happier person without all that worry, or maybe you'll have a much clearer head when it comes time to take action.
Before you let your worries get the best of you, send them through a filter so you can really narrow down what the problem is. Check out the exercise in more depth at the link below.