Do you let your problems bother you throughout the day or into the night? Consider taking a worry break. Schedule a 1/2 hr each day to focus on all your problems. This way you know you have a time and place to do your worrying. In Shed 10 Years in 10 Weeks, Dr. Julian Whitaker and Carol Colman suggest taking a worry break.
How To Take a Worry Break
Whitaker and Colman write about how to take a worry break:
Find 30 minutes during the late afternoon to take a "worry break." Sit down quietly. Worry. Do it intensely. Think about what is bothering you and how you can make the situation better. Some people find that actually writing down the problem and listing possible solutions can be beneficial. If there is something you can do to resolve a problem, do it or at least formulate a plan of action. Then put worrying aside until the next day. If you being to worry when you get into bed, say to yourself, "No. I've taken care of that already." It sounds simple, but it can work if you let it.
Key Take Aways
Here's my key take aways:
- Consolidate your problems rather than let them interfere throughout your day.
- If you're going to worry, worry right. Do it with rigor, get intense, and get results.
- Forget about your problems for the rest of the day.
I really like the idea of a worry break. I think it's similar to trying not to edit while you write, or trying not to critique while you brainstorm. Problems can suck you down whether you're just trying to have fun or trying to focus on the task at hand. How great is that, to know you have a time and place for your troubles?
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