Do you ever wake up in the morning to a mind (and body) filled with worries? If you do, here are some things you can do to reduce the intensity and frequency of the worrying.
1. At the first sign of the worry take a slow deep breath and ask yourself, "What am I thinking?"
2. Write down your thoughts and a list of the specific worries.
3. Ask yourself what are the situations or thoughts that trigger each worry and write down the answers.
4. Write down the advantage and disadvantage of each of the worries.
5. Answer the question, "Is this a productive or non-productive worry?"
Once you have the list, the answers to the questions than set aside a specific 'worry time' (in a place other than your bedroom), at least two hours before bedtime, to address the worries in a constructive way.
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