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More about how to make the worry hour work when having stressful thoughts (1 minute read)

More about how to make the worry hour work when having stressful thoughts (1 minute read)

In “More about how to make the worry hour work when having stressful thoughts” 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 week’s post had a summary of the main principles of how to make the worry-hour work. Practicing steering one’s thinking pattern and themes in this way requires training.

But it will eventually work as long as you are not too stressed or exhausted, because then the brain often runs like a tumble dryer. Under these conditions it is instead often wiser to just note that the thoughts are tumbling like this and not enter into that stream of thoughts, but instead try to get more rest or distraction. see earlier posts.

Allowing oneself to have one, but only one, hour of stressful and worrying thoughts is important because in everyday life there will occur situations that we need to problem-solve around.

At the same time, we rarely need more than one hour to decide which alternatives we have and create an action plan.

If one day you have neither a problem nor any other type of stressful thoughts, then you can skip the worry-hour – congratulations! Then you have an hour extra when you can do other things.


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