I was forced into watching the Dr. Oz show this morning because his program is on right after the Today Show. Not switching channels was my first lazy move of the day. However, he had a guest psychologist on who spoke about constant worry and the stress from it which can have disastrous affects on the body and mind.
She spoke with three women who had different patterns of worry but each found the worry was taking a toll on their live. One of the suggestions was to interfere when the thoughts start by thinking of something silly(like a man in a bunny suit singing nonsense tunes). Or to think of something pleasant that has happened in your life. The trouble I found with this one was that I didn’t know what to think about after I had “interfered”. I discovered that part of my thought process is to always start planning activities or work on solving problems which sometimes produces more stress.
This indicates that I need to come up with different subjects to think about. That’s really hard.
The other dynamic suggestion was, of course, meditation and breath control. Taking a deep inhale for five counts, then hold for five counts then exhale for five counts. I guess it would help to think of a mountain stream or a country side filled with flowers after doing this.
I then realized that I am handicapped in stress control because I don’t listen to music. Maybe that comes from having been married to a composer and having to attend drum concerts! Also constantly being told that I had no musical ability….. Boy, now I can blame my lack of ability to handle worry on my ex!
So, what do you do with all this new found knowledge. Well, its probably worth a try. We all know we waste a lot of time worrying about things that never happen. One more solution that was given was to say that you will have a specific time to worry and will set up a “worry box” where you will put your worries until the appointed time. I think that one might work for me. At least I could get some sleep! unless I start worrying that I might forget what’s in my worry box and overlook some important worry…..
Stay well and have some fun this week…..And Get Some Sleep!