When Your Worries are a Worry!

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As well as the usual worries about every day problems, many of us struggle with worrying about our worries! This is common and known as “meta-worry” or “worries about worry”.⁠⠀
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How much we worry can be affected by our beliefs about worrying. We can develop beliefs about our worries which are negative, such as “my worries are uncontrollable” or “my worries are going to drive me crazy”. We can also form beliefs about our worries being positive, such as “worrying helps me to be prepared incase the worst should happen” or “worrying helps me solve problems”. It is often these beliefs that can fuel our constant worrying. ⁠⠀
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Many people see worry as a coping strategy to deal with difficult situations but, in fact, it isn’t all that helpful. Worrying has a tendency to: ⁠⠀
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💭lead us to perceive things as being more threatening than they are⁠⠀
💭lead us to see ourselves as more vulnerable⁠⠀
💭 generate a wide range of negative outcomes to our problems and few positives⁠⠀
💭 leads to even more worrying⁠⠀
💭 reinforces our beliefs that we can’t cope ⁠⠀
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If you’re finding yourself worrying excessively, try thinking about what the function of worrying might be for you? Do you think it is helpful to you in some way? Are you becoming focussed on beliefs that your worrying will have a particular negative affect on your life or on your health? What do you think would happen if you didn’t worry all the time?⁠⠀
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🤝Don’t forget to reach out for support if you’re struggling to cope with anxiety or excessive worry. ⁠⠀
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