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Worry vs Reality

September 6, 2019

              We have all experienced worry from time to time. What if I can’t pay my bills this month? What if I fall in front of everyone? What if I say something stupid to my boss? Is there something in my nose? At times these worries can consume our thoughts and trigger anxiety that impacts our ability to function.

              We can decrease or eliminate these worries by accepting one simple fact: the things that we worry about rarely come true. How often have you worried about having something hanging from your nose only to look in a mirror and discover that you look fine? How often have you worried incessantly about failing at something only to be completely successful? A recent study involving individuals diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder determined that a significant majority of their daily worries came true.

              Many people view their worrying as a positive, as a means of being prepared for “the worst to happen”. However, worrying to an extent that triggers anxiety is harmful to both physical and mental health. The next time you find yourself experiencing excessive worry, ask yourself what the realistic likelihood is that your worries will come true. Or, keep a log of your worries for a week, and then check these worries to determine what came true and what did not. More than likely you will see that most worries don’t come true, and the ones that do didn’t work out nearly as bad as you thought they would.

 

Original material found at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/think-act-be/201907/how-often-do-your-worries-actually-come-true?collection=1132901

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