Most people worry. We worry about common daily events such as paying the bills and work or relationship difficulties. We might worry about the future, such as losing our job or having an accident.
However, for some people worry is excessive. It can take up much of your time and be hard to control. For example, you could develop a fear of being seriously ill when you aren't sick at all - even a full medical checkup may not reassure you.
Identify and challenge worries
Ask yourself if your worry is reasonable. What is the actual evidence for your fear? What is another way of looking at it? What would you say to a friend who had this concern? What is the worst thing that could happen? How likely is it really? Would it really be as bad as you think?
Structured problem solving (SPS)
SPS is a practical method of working through a problem to find the best solution. Try it, following these steps:
- Identify the problem worrying you the most. What difficulties is it causing you.
- List all possible solutions, good and bad.
- Examine pros and cons of each solution.
- Choose the BEST solution. Remember, there is rarely a perfect solution.
- Plan putting it into action. What help will you need? What problems could arise?
- Go ahead and do it!
In more severe cases, you may benefit from counselling or medication. Speak to your GP or visit http://www.crufad.com/.
Please note this information was correct at time of printing.
For up to date information, speak to your doctor.