These past 18 months have been a really difficult time in all our lives. Whew…
We all know it. And we’re still living it.
Anxiety has increased significantly.
Our world feels unsteady and unreliable.
We are unsure about our futures, and we’re all feeling the stress from this.
I wanted to give you a little tip that has really helped me and others recently that seems silly, but it really works.
Pick a 10-to-15-minute time block during the day.
We will call this time block your Worry Time.
No, not sexy time, dinner time, bath time or bedtime but WORRY TIME!
Stay with me.
This little trick batches the discomfort of fear and being worried all the time, and contains your anxiety in a way that will help you begin learning how to manage your emotions and even controlling them. By allowing yourself free reign to worry endlessly (for 15 minutes max), it gives you focus and control over your anxiety which can be very healing.
You are ONLY allowed to worry during this block of time.
That’s it! No worrying while you’re making your coffee in the morning.
No worrying while you’re working, feeding your kiddos, making your bed, shopping, watching Netflix. NONE.
Remember: you are only allowed to worry during this time.
When it is your worry time, let your mind go. I mean, let all the worries rush in and focus on them. Close your eyes, write them all down, say them out loud – however you want to worry for your block of time is up to you!
Set a timer and once that timer goes off, THAT’S IT. No more. No more thinking. No more worries. No more obsessing over your fears. At least until your next block tomorrow.
The rest of the time during the day, any time a worry pops up, let it go, telling yourself you’ll worry about that later.
Try to pick a time that’s not close to bedtime or mealtime so maybe mid-day during a break is good.
Worry block pro tip: try different times and notice if one works better than others and stick with it.
Worry time blocks take practice and perseverance (what worth doing doesn’t?) but it can be a valuable tool in your arsenal of tricks to combat your anxiety.
Try it and let us know what you think! If you need help managing your anxiety, you can self-schedule on our client portal page at any time. We look forward to working with you soon!