How to Reduce Worrying – Part 1

With end of year exams just around the corner, our focus for the next week or so will be on how you can reduce worrying.

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The good news is that there are strategies that you can learn and practice that may be helpful in reducing worry. The bad news is that worrying is a habit and as such has been well practised, thus you are going to need to put in the work and practice required to pick up new, healthy routines which are incompatible with worry and will reduce the habit of worrying.

The more the methods you will be presented with over the next few posts are practised, the stronger the new habit will become and the weaker the old habit of worrying becomes. This will take some effort to begin with.

The most effective way to reduce worry is to choose a method which best suits you and to practice it. If after a few weeks of conscientious practice you do not notice a change in your worrying, you should shift to a different method and practice that for a while.

The main aim is to give your chosen method a good try before abandoning it, and to realise that while some methods work well for some types of worrying, others may be better for other types of worrying. You can try combining methods until you find which combination works best for you.

In Part 2 of How to Reduce Worrying we will look at ways in which you can observe and start tracking your worry behaviour patterns


Reference:

California State University. (n.d.). How to Reduce Worrying. Retrieved from:  http://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/how-to-reduce-worrying.pdf [Accessed on: 13 October 2014].

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