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Worry, anxiety, and stress

  • 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.

Worry and imagination

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.

Learning to worry well

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.

Negative and positive worry

  • 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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