Disclaimer: The word ‘worry’ gets a lot of air time in this article. But it’s for a good reason. Bear with us.
Sometimes it is ok to worry. It is a necessary adaptive response to a threat. In times like we are facing right now, things are uncertain and we should worry.
“Worry-Time” is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategy for dealing with feelings of anxiety and worry.”
However, too much worry can debilitate us. Worry can affect not just ourselves, but also those around us and our close relationships. One of the ways to reduce chronic worry, is to actually allow ourselves to worry.
“The more you practice, the more control you will have over what, and how often you worry.”
It may sound counterintuitive, but setting aside time each day to sit with your This technique is known as “Worry-Time” and is a proven Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategy for dealing with feelings of anxiety and worry.
Research tells us that this can be really effective during times of uncertainty. Allotting “Worry-Time” can help us to not dwell on worries at 4am in the morning, or at any other random times of the day.
- Start by selecting a time every day that is convenient. (Preferably not just before bedtime)
- Pick a suitable amount of time to worry (5/10/20 minutes)
- Use this time to think about what makes you anxious and about possible solutions to reduce your anxiety.
“It may sound counterintuitive, but setting aside time each day to sit with your worries can help turn their volume down a bit. ”
If you notice yourself worrying throughout the day, allow yourself to ‘let go’ of these thoughts until you are ready to address them at your next ‘Worry-Time’
After a few days, reflect on what you are worrying about most often. Usually themes will start to arise.
The more you practice, the more control you will have over what, and how often you worry.
These are worrying times, so it’s normal to worry. But remember, we are all in this together, and we’ll come through it together. Keep remembering to #SpreadSomeKindness into the world. We all need it.