How to control the desire to worry

If you are a worrier, someone telling you “not to worry” is unhelpful to say the least, because a tendency to worry may be part of your personality. Worrying can be debilitating and lead to errors and mistakes, as one’s full attention is not on the task in hand, whether that is caring for children, driving a car or the thousand and one things that demand our attention during the day.

Worries tend to belong to two main categories: “Real worries” such as “I have a large credit card bill to pay and not enough money” are different from “hypothetical worries” such as “what if my partner has an accident?”, where the event is unlikely but the imagined consequences cause worry nevertheless.

Our new feature article, How to control the desire to worry has some useful techniques to help you turn down the volume on both types of worry.

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