Take a Break

Try This Healthy Way to Worry

Last updated:

August 03, 2011

Devoting an hour a day of your stressed life to worrying might make you actually feel better. Sound crazy? Mental health specialists know that ruminating -- endlessly turning over concerning thoughts and worries repeatedly throughout the day -- can feed a person's anxiety level.

The idea is to control the "endlessly" part. Instead of falling into an endless loop, allow yourself to fret for only a concrete block of time. The rest of the day, tell yourself you'll worry about it later, during the worry hour. Just knowing you'll let yourself deal with it later can prevent it from interfering with your happiness all day long.

-- Paula Spencer Scott