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Food for Thought | A Harvard professor reveals a strategy that can help you stop worrying

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On April 6, 2017

Ever feel like you can’t turn your brain off? Worried about how to stop worrying?

We all deal with this when life gets challenging.

Here’s a summary of how to stop worrying and start being mindful:

  1. You are not your thoughts. Sometimes they’re downright ridiculous. Just because you think it, doesn’t make it true.
  2. Observe, don’t judge. Acknowledge the thoughts, but let them float by. Don’t wrestle with them.
  3. Don’t distract, immerse. Do not check your email for the 400th time. Take in the world around you. Turn to your senses. That’s real.
  4. Your thoughts and the stories you tell yourself about the world aren’t.
  5. Note or label intrusive thoughts. Yeah, the thoughts fight back. Acknowledge them. Give the intrusive ones a funny name.
  6. Return to the senses. Really pay attention to the world around you.

Source: Barker, E. (2016.) A Harvard professor reveals a strategy that can help you stop worrying. Extract and image retrieved 6 April 2017, from http://www.businessinsider.com/harvard-professor-reveals-a-strategy-that-can-help-you-stop-worrying-2016-2?IR=T