Learning to worry well

Worry is generally seen as a negative thing. But it could also have a positive function.

Worry is an adaptive function to better solve problems and imagine creative solutions. And worrying well is a skill anyone can learn.

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Worry is actually a product of imagination. If we didn’t have an imagination, we wouldn’t worry.

Worry and imagination are built on remembering things from the past and projecting ourselves into the future.

  • Worry. A repetitive form of thinking about the future or the past.
  • Anxiety. An uncomfortable feeling of fear, apprehension, or dread, often in the gut or chest, accompanied by physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat and sweating.
  • Stress. A physical response (fight or flight) to a threat, real or imagined. It’s characterised by an adrenaline and cortisol surge, and increased blood levels to your muscles.
  • Good worry: it anticipates and solves problems. It is functional to worry about certain future events instead of burying your head in the sand.
  • Bad worry: it is circular and habitual. It doesn’t lead to any solution, and it makes you feel scared, blocking you from seeing things clearly.

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