Postponing Worry May Help Reduce Anxiety, Stress

Worry, anxiety, and stress can have a negative impact on your overall physical health. But, according to a recent study from researchers in the Netherlands, scheduling a time to worry can help reduce the associated stress and anxiety that comes with excessive worry. When using a four-step process, participants in the study significantly reduced their anxiety symptoms compared to people using standard treatments. The steps include recognizing when you are worrying, setting aside time to think about those particular worries, focusing on another task, then using the scheduled time to think of solutions to your problem. Tom Borkovec, a professor emeritus of psychology at Penn State University, said it doesn’t help to tell someone to stop worrying but postponing it for a while can actually be done. More here.

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