If you tend to worry a lot about the future, you can find some relief by shifting that worry into productive, day-to-day activities. If breaking down long-term goals into smaller, more digestible tasks works for your productivity, the same process can work for the long-term worries in your life.
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On his blog, James Clear suggests you shift your long-term worries into worries that form a daily routine. For example:
- Instead of worrying about living longer, worry about taking a walk each day.
- Instead of worrying about whether your child will get a college scholarship, worry about how much time they spend studying today.
- Instead of worrying about losing enough weight for the wedding, worry about cooking a healthy dinner tonight.
These small worries are more manageable and make addressing your long-term concerns much easier. Try as you might, some worries can’t be washed away with a mental exercise or friendly chat. When your worry seems indestructible, shift it to something small and productive that will help you solve the problem in the long run.