Switch the Channel on Worry
Worry is like any bad habit. It can be addictive. One small fear leads to another and another. Before you know it, you’ve imagined your life falling apart, not only now, but ad infinitum into your future. One of the ways to begin breaking any habit is to simply recognize you’re doing it! “Oops! There I go again…imagining not being able to pay my mortgage.”
But simply the recognition that you’re worrying isn’t usually enough to change it. What can you do to switch the channel? Ask yourself the question, “What could I do to feel better right now?” Or “How could I feel calmer?” Or even, “What would be fun today?” Listen for the answer and take action. If you’ve got a bad worry habit going on, you may need to be patient as you retrain your brain.