Worrying about worrying - session 6

Amy Robertson By Amy Robertson, 24th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/21lhjwo7/
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Session six continues to look at focusing on the present and reducing worry time

Worrying about worrying - session 6

Today I had a shorter session as my therapist was running late. He texted me and was totally calm when he arrived. Unlike me when I run late - I worry so much I end up close to tears and wanting to hide at home.

This week is especially stressful - I have a big work deadline, hear when my flat completion date will be, see my ex husband, start my part-time study (on top of the full-time job)... worrying has gone from the back of my mind to the front at a rapid pace. From sleeping well to waking up feeling panicky, the reason I am getting CBT has again become clear. So it really is an excellent tester for my newly learnt (or learning) skills.

Today we addressed two key issues:
1. The worries that have become realities, seeing that (a) no outcomes were as bad as I had thought they might be (b) I coped with all the outcomes pretty well and (c) I don't credit myself with coping well but instead start worrying about new problems
2. The importance of prioritising worry time. This means trying to focus on the present moment for the whole day but giving myself thirty minutes at 8pm every evening to allow myself to worry - and write them down if it helps.

And despite all my conflicting priorities this week, my therapist said I have one main priority - and that is giving myself 'worry time'. And actually, that doesn't feel too bad.


Anxiety, Cbt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Worry, Worrying

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author avatar Hedy Rose
25th Oct 2011 (#)

Thanks again Amy. I'm learning. :)

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