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man-worrying-thinking-guesthouseWe all worry. For a lot of people, worrying is temporary. Eventually, you move on and stop worrying. For most, it is not debilitating. For some people, however, worrying and anxiety can be consuming. If you find that your worrying is prolonged, not seeming to go away, and disrupting daily activities, you may find professional support to be of great help. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself if you find worry plaguing your day.

Is This Likely to Happen?

Are you worrying about something that is likely to happen? It can be hard to work through worries. You may find it helpful to talk to someone–a friend, family member, or professional. An outsider can offer you their opinion about your situation.

Can I Prepare for This?

Sometimes when we prepare for something coming up, it can help us to be less anxious about it. If you do not study for a test, you’ll likely be nervous. If you know the material very well, then you probably will be less worried about it. Or maybe you get nervous driving to new places, and you know you have to go somewhere tomorrow. Spend time looking over the directions and understanding the parking situation. By knowing what to expect, you may feel more prepared and have less of a worry-filled night before.

Will Spending More Time on These Thoughts Help the Situation?

Sometimes when we fixate on things, it can make us feel worse. If you cannot change the situation you are worried about, try to get your mind focused on something else. Try to go out and do an activity you enjoy. Go hike that trail you have wanted to explore for a long time or work on that creative project you have been putting off. You will probably find yourself feeling a little better with your mind focused elsewhere.

Learning to work through our worrying is vital to our mental health.  If we find ourselves unable to process what we are feeling in a healthy manner, we may also find ourselves with anxiety, depression, or stress. If you are already experiencing addiction, mental health challenges, or past trauma, and you are also experiencing intense worry, it can be overwhelming. Here at The Guest House, we are a group of experienced mental health professionals ready to help you through your healing journey. Call us today to learn more about our different treatment options at (855) 483-7800.