Emotional Wellbeing

Mandy Kloppers

Strategies to manage worrying unnecessarily

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Strategies to manage worrying unnecessarily

We all do it far too much for our own good but it is a habit that we can manage. The questions and exercises below are a fantastic effective way to put manage worrying and put you back in the frame in a more objective mindset.


Ask yourself the following questions to manage worrying:

  • Is this something with a very low probability of occurring?
  • What prediction am I making?
  • What is the problem that needs to be solved?
  • What specific actions can I take?
  • Are these actions reasonable?
  • Am I worrying about things over which I have little or no control?
  • Is this a productive (resolution focused) or unproductive worry?
  • Why or why not?


My negative predictions/worries:

1) for example: I will end up alone and miserable.





How I make these predictions come true:

Example: I avoid meeting new people because it’s a pointless exercise anyhow.


An alternative way to look at it that can disprove my negative predictions:


It’s not a ‘given’ that I will end up alone. I need to meet more people but I don’t need someone in my life to be happy. Being lonely is a state of mind. I might prefer to have a relationship but I am responsible for my own happiness.



How I’ll feel about what is bothering me now in:

1 week

1 month

6 months

1 year


Why I would not feel as bad about this in the future…



Negation of problems:


The problem

Example: I am single


Why it’s not a problem….

Example: I know many people in relationships who feel alone and miserable.

I have the choice to fill my life as I wish. Being single means making my own choices.


The above worksheet/exercise is a great way to introduce rational aspects into emotional reasoning. It can decrease your level of anxiety instantly and help you to manage worrying when it is just wasted energy.
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