What is Worrywarting? Who Worries. Worriers come in all ages, from all walks of life and in both sexes. We all worry sometimes. But worrywarts worry a lot-sometimes to the point where it gets in the way of living. People who have high anxiety levels tend to be worrywarts. While we usually think of women as being more prone to worrying, men, too, can be world class worriers, although men often deny that they “worry”. While women tend to talk their worries over with friends, men are more likely to keep problems to themselves, holding worries in. Some men use physical outlets like sports, exercise, even sex, to release tension created by worrying.

Worrywarts are thinkers with very active minds. With their vivid imaginations they spin out possible future scenarios for virtually every situation of any importance. This propensity to search for all threats and risks can be very advantageous in business and other ventures. And worrywarts are often shrewd in business and finance. They can ferret out problems and have a plan in place for solving them.

So, if you lie awake at night agonizing over things that could happen, If you automatically expect the worst and Have worried obsessively about things only to have everything turn out okay, instead of worrying yourself sick, let me show you how to worry smart and soothe yourself so that you can think more clearly, deal with the worry at hand, and then let it go.

Try these simple ideas and start worrying smarter right now:

Talk to yourself the way a friend would

Take a warm bath • Practice “underreacting”

Imagine a happy ending

Do a good deed

Watch a funny movie

With these tips and many more, you will be able to release yourself from worry and learn to enjoy every moment–no matter where your life takes you.

GUEST BLOGGER: Dr. Beverly Potter, psychologist specializing in career and workplace issues, like overcoming job burnout, self management and self-leadership mediating disputes. See also: http://www.docpotter.com and  http://www.docpotter.com/worry.html

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