3) Be Your Own Devil’s Advocate
If you’re spending time worrying about something that hasn’t yet happened, the authors ofThe Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook suggest this strategy to dial down your anxiety. After a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast—two stress-busters your mom was correct about—write down your worry. Then ask yourself, What is the worst thing that could happen to me if what I want to happen doesn’t, or what I don’t want to happen does?
Afterwords, ask yourself: What good things might occur if what I want to happen doesn’t, or what I don’t want to happen does? Think about the positive thoughts or emotions you can tap into now that you’ve imagined alternative outcomes.