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Mandy Kloppers

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 it is a safety behaviour, by that I mean that it allows us to feel temporarily safe. Of course there is a misconception that worrying will somehow avert problems. Yet I am sure that we can all think of examples where we worried and we were still unable to stop the inevitable.for those of us who are incessant worriers, it is sometimes helpful to set aside ‘worry time’ in order to deal with our overactive brain. I have put together a worksheet below that will help you manage  worry more effectively.

Worry Worksheet:

Ask yourself the following questions:

1)Is this something with a very low probability of occurring

2)What prediction am I making?

3)What is the problem that needs to be solved?

4) What specific actions can I take?

5) Are these actions reasonable?

6) Am I worrying about things over which I have little or no control?

7) Is this a productive (resolution focused) or unproductive worry?

8) Why or why not?

 

My negative predictions How I make these predictions come true Alternative that can disprove my negative predictions

 

 

How I feel about what’s bothering me now in Why I would not feel as bad about this
1 week
1 month
6 months
1 year
5 years

 

Negation of Problems:

Problem Why it’s not a problem

 

Use the above worksheet to manage worry and restore rationality to your wayward thoughts.Worry is a human habit that will not go away easily. It is possible though to manage your worries by being as rational as possible. remember that most of your worries are just negative thoughts and faults are not facts.
Mandy X