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Set Up A Time To Worry

MainerMikeBrown

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Years ago, I was seeing a psychotherapist, in part, because I was dealing with some wicked anxiety issues. I worried a great deal about tons of different things.

This counselor told me that if I'm worried about one or more things, I needed to set up a time of day each day to worry about whatever was worrying me. She told me not to worry and not think about what was worrying me until that time came.

Then, when the time came, I should allow myself to worry and, during that time, come up with ideas in order to solve whatever problem I was worried about.

Then, after the designated time for me to worry was over, don't worry about my problems for the rest of the day.

Anyone ever try this? If so, did it help you much?
 

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Yes, I set up a time to worry: from 00:00 until 24:00 :D

Btw, I think this is a very good advice, but when my mind is racing I am not sure that I would be able to put my anxious thoughts only in the frame of worry time.
 
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triceps

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Dch, please show the self-discipline to limit your worrying to your designated hours.
This is an interesting idea that I will give an extended trial to. Thanks MainerMike.
 
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MakUSA

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I will definitely try that and see if it works because my mind is uuff, like a formula 1. I will try and let you know how it goes.

Thanks for the idea, Mike
 

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I've always wondered how that would work. For me at least, that's not how I experience my anxiety . I don't spend time on what-ifs, or potential health problems. I'm just strung like a bow, vibrating. It would probably help my wife though. She isn't suffering anxiety per se, but she does worry a lot. Mostly about money, me, her mom, and so on. Maybe scheduling a worry time would work in that situation.
 
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