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Monday, June 5, 2017

In recent weeks I have been doing a series of posts on ways to combat worry. You can catch up on them here and here.

We all know about time outs. They are when we give someone a period of time or take a take a period of time ourselves to stop a behavior. 

Today I want to talk about the idea of taking a "time in" to worry. At this point you may be asking yourself why I am promoting worry, which would be a fair question. 

What I am actually doing is promoting the idea of setting aside a specific time in your day to worry and making the rest of your day worry free time. 

First of all make it a brief period of time, say 15 to 20 minutes. Plan it at the same time each day, but DO NOT make the time right before you go to bed. 

Worrying thoughts are bound to crop up during the rest of your day, but make a note of them and then move on. 

When your worry time comes up, address what is worrying you then. You may find that some of the things you were worried about have already been resolved. If so put them aside and focus on anything else that needs your attention. 

When the worry time is over, move on with your day. 

I plan to come up with some actions I can take during that time, which may help to resolve the worry. Afterwards I plan to meditate for 20 minutes. You can read more about meditating for worry here.

It is almost impossible to completely stop worrying, but I am hoping that if you confine your worry to a brief time each day you will be able to break the habit of constant worrying. 


  1. Good idea. I like to think I can eliminate worry from my day but I know I can't. Being more in control of it is a good choice.

  2. I would love to think that I could actually stop worrying at night when I'm trying to sleep...ok I'll try this and please let it work!!

  3. I always tended to worry at night right after I went to bed... and of course, took forever to get to sleep! Now... when the worry starts once I'm in bed, I just tell myself "It's in God's hand's tonight... I give my worry to Him, and I won't worry tonight... I'll worry tomorrow if I have to"... and then I usually go right to sleep. It works for me! And if the worries pop up during the day, I do tell myself that I'm not going to do it now, but will make myself a worry list later on (which I do). I like the "worry time in" idea also! Will try it! Marilyn

  4. I try to live by the words that I tell my kids...worrying won't change a thing. The Bible tells us not to worry and I try really hard not to. Some days it's easier said than done.


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