Vaccines may be in short supply, but there is no shortage of things to worry about these days!

Whether it’s concern for loved ones, work pressures, money or a host of other issues, worrying is to some extent a natural part of being human. Our brain goes into overdrive while it tries to problem-solve… and that’s good!

But sometimes things can build up, causing us to feel anxious and derail our performance.

I was recently reminded of a useful strategy to counter this and wanted to share it with you.

‘Scheduled Worry Time’ is a technique whereby you set aside time specifically to work through the things that may be concerning you. A block of time is scheduled for the sole purpose of ruminating about whatever is causing you to feel anxious or concerned, with the intention of then finding practical solutions for your concerns.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Carve out a block of uninterrupted time in your calendar
  2. Find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted
  3. Grab a notebook, pen, post-it pad or whatever method works for you
  4. Brain-dump your thoughts
  5. Step back and organise your worries and concerns in priority order
  6. Decide on how to tackle your No.1 worry (e.g. ask a trusted friend for their perspective)

Hopefully this helps you sort through your concerns at this time.

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