Flurry of Worry, DO Something with Worry, How to Reduce Worry


Flurry of Worry? DO Something! 
If you’ve taken a quick survey on yourself and discovered you devote many hours to the peculiar practice of worrying, well, worry no more.



About worry Dr. Alex Korb PhD has this to say in his latest book The Upward Spiral,  “…if you’re feeling anxiety, doing something about it—even worrying— is better than doing nothing.”

While I agree with Dr. Korb, here’s a more complete list of what to do with worry. The first thing is write down what bothers you. You may not do anything more with whatever's on the list, but the act of writing helps your brain believe you are more in charge. More in charge means less worry. And that's good news.
If possible move. Yes, just get up and change posture, change positions if you can. Breathe as you do this since focusing on breathing will help reroute the number of neural pathways away from worry and into being aware of how the oxygen goes in and out of your lungs. 
If getting up is not possible, because you are in a small room with a number of people in a meeting for instance, or in a car, try tapping your fingers and toes. You may try to synchronize the movements, or let them jazz it up, but either way you are telling your brain you want less energy devoted to worry and more to physical activity. 
Try humming a little tune. Humming in a low volume decreases the number of neuronal highways hosting your worry thoughts like VW's on the Autobahn. The humming will release some of those pesky thoughts dedicated to what you'll do if and when something negative happens. This release allows you to be more present by reducing the amount of neuronal space dedicated to worrying. 
Finally one of the very best things you can do to reduce your worries and improve your state of mind is daydream. That's right. Let your imagination go and find yourself in that peaceful place of beauty and quiet calm. Your brain will respond to this flight of fancy in exactly the same way as if you were really there, on vacation. 

Next time you find yourself in a flurry of worry, try any or all of these ideas: write down a list of what bothers you, move some part or all of your body, focus on your breathing, hum a little tune and imagine yourself in your happy place. It works! 



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