What to do during the worry-hour to solve problems and reduce stress (1 minute read)

What to do during the worry-hour to solve problems and reduce stress (1 minute read)

In “What to do during the worry-hour to solve problems and reduce stress” continues a summary of my posts on how to recover as quickly as possible from more serious stress and exhaustion symptoms.

As mentioned earlier, in my daily work with people who have sought help for stress and exhaustion problems, I have been able to distinguish 3 building blocks of stress management:

1. Adjust your stress level

2. Manage your stress sources

3. Use healthy routines

This post continues with the second building block, 2 Manage your stress sources, here in relation to stressful thoughts, such as anxiety and rumination, as it is crucial to learn to steer one’s thoughts to reduce the stress level and create conditions for recovery.

Last weeks’ posts have contained the main principles of how to make the process around the worry-hour work with the aim to steer one’s thinking.

What to do during the worry-hour?

During the worry hour try to divide the thoughts/themes into whether they are productive/useful or unproductive/unhelpful.

Productive/useful thoughts are about things you have an impact on or are likely to happen so that it is beneficial for you to consider your alternatives.

Unproductive/unhelpful thoughts are about things/themes you have no control over or are unlikely, like worrying if a meteorite will crash into you from outer space as you read this, since this is both unlikely and nothing you will be able to act upon until it is too late.

However, shielding the planet from meteorites is important for among others NASA, hence the theme is productive for them and they have developed a program and protocol of what to do if/when this happens, by e.g. monitoring the space.

More about what to do during the worrying hour next week.

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