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How to stop worrying

stop worrying

    Some ‘rules’ around worrying seem commonplace. These are the rules I have come across the most: 1) I must worry to reduce the risk of something bad happening in an uncertain situation Although this worry rule is reasonable when faced with life-changing events, it isn’t true that the more we worry the safer we will be. You can …

overthinking

How to stop overthinking everything

If you’re anything like me, and many others for that matter, you tend to overthink. It’s amazing just how much time we spend ‘up in our heads’ rather than living our lives mindfully. Have you ever driven to work and then wondered how you got there? if that’s the case – it’s because you were lost in your thoughts. It’s …

worrying

What you didn’t know about worry

We worry because we are afraid of uncertainty. Considering that uncertainty is a fact of life, worry is sure to be a major component of our lives. But it doesn’t have to be… What you didn’t know about worry may surprise you. We worry in an attempt to reduce uncertainty. Many people believe that worry keeps them safe. They believe …

alleviate worry

How to alleviate worry

Let’s face it, we all have a lot to worry about. There are so many “What if…” possibilities in life and no one enjoys living with uncertainty. We worry that something bad might happen, we resist uncertainty (this is the reality we live in) and we believe our negative thoughts as if they were facts. We see failure as unacceptable and feel …

Strategies to reduce worrying

  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  strategies for worry Worry is one form of anxiety that can be targeted with CBT interventions such as exposure, problem-solving and cognitive change techniques. What is worrying, and when is it a problem? Worrying is thinking too much about what might happen – usually leaning to anything negative. Everyone worries sometimes; but excessive worrying (rumination) is …

The main causes of anxiety

The main causes of anxiety Avoidance As long as you avoid your fears, they will continue to exist as they go left unchallenged. There is no reality testing going on and the threat remains. When you avoid situations that cause you anxiety, you will be prone to worrying about whether you can handle it. To reduce anxiety, it’s important to …

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Strategies for worry

  Strategies for worry We all worry too much and strategies for worry can be a useful ‘tool’ to help you navigate life a little better. Always remember that thoughts aren’t facts and get into the habit of regularly challenging your thinking – you may be way off the mark and upsetting yourself unnecessarily. Notice the worrisome thoughts and try …

What to do when you’re worrying too much

  What to do when you’re worrying too much 1) Remind yourself that it won’t last forever Change is inevitable and the wheel of life trundles on. Use this to your advantage when life feels miserable – things will change, new chapters will emerge. 2) Try to look at your situation in another way Ask yourself if there is another way …

5 Things You Could Stop Worrying About

5 Things You Could Stop Worrying About I like to think of worrying as unnecessary mental torture. We experience something like 50 000 thoughts per day (some estimate the figure as much higher – around 80 000 thoughts per day) and up to 80% of these thoughts are just random thoughts that do not have a particular purpose, other than …

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How To Manage Worry

  Strategies  to manage/counteract worrying: Worry affects all of us although some of us seem to be more prone to worrying and others. Most worrying is counter-productive and is a form of mental torture. Apparently, we all experience around 80,000 thoughts per day. Only 20,000 of those thoughts and useful productive thoughts. So why do we do it? for many …