- Mental Health
Creating a Worry Book
If I asked anyone if they ever worried about anything, the majority would probably answer yes. No matter how big or small, a majority of us find something to worry about. Although it‘s a natural thing, it can lead to serious health issues.
I definitely find that when I bring my day to a close and attempt to refresh my mind, I can‘t seem to settle because of my compulsive worrying. A lot of times, the things that I worry about are senseless. My biggest fear is not being able to make things work and what tomorrow will bring. I never considered the concept of not worrying about tomorrow because tomorrow is not promised to me.
Worrying is something that is very intense for me due to being bipolar. My thoughts uncontrollably race. I worry about unrealistic things. It causes me to have insomnia, severe headaches and stomach aches. Sometimes, I feel like I am having a heart attack but it turns out to be anxiety.
Creating and Using a Worry Book
During one of my therapy sessions, my therapist suggested that I create a worry book. It’s really simple.
- Before you go to bed at night, write down all of the things that you are worrying about in a notebook.
- Put it down and don’t touch or read it until it’s time for you to go to bed the next evening.
- When the next evening come, open it up and read what you have written. You may find that half of the things that you have worried about were not significant.
- Do this every night for a couple of weeks or as long as you may need it.
My experience with using the worry book is to show me that some of the things that I worry about, shouldn't be a worry at all.
However, there are many ways of dealing with the habit of worrying. Just remember that once you start this book, you have to learn how to let it go. There are a lot of free relaxation tutorials listed on on the internet and YouTube that can work for you.
HattieMattieMae gave some awesome tips in her comments in regards to letting go of your worries and how to use meditation to help. I hope this hub can be useful to you. Thank you for reading.