What if I’m late for work and they fire me?
What if they think I’m stupid and fat?
What if my mom is really sick?
What if my friends are hanging out without me?
What if…I spend years of my life wondering what if?
Many of us can spend hours of our day having a kind of internal conversation with ourselves. The conversation is almost always about something bad that might happen.
We’ll see something or hear something or even just remember something, and it starts the what if spiral.
What if I left the door unlocked? Then, someone could break in. And they could take my dog. And then I’ll have to spend all my time trying to find my dog. And…
You get the idea. All these what ifs are the tools of a worried mind.
But why? Why do we do spend so much of our time worrying?
Familiar? The thing is, most of the time, these just aren’t true. When worry becomes excessive, and a part of your daily way of life, it’s more likely it’s harming you than helping you.
Some signs that your worry is hurtful, not helpful:
If these feel familiar to you, you’re not alone. 2 out of 5 people worry at least once a day. And excessive worry is one of the most common signs of anxiety. So, what can you do to change your worried ways? Well, we’ve got a few ideas that we’ll be sharing over the next few weeks. Starting with…planning your worry sessions.
Originally published at www.allmentalhealth.org