Worry Resource - Page 5

Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty
When does worry become a problem?
Everyone worries to some degree, and some thinking ahead can help us to plan and
cope. There is no 'right' amount of worry. We say that worry becomes a problem when
it stops you from living the life you want to live, or if it leaves you feeling demoralised
and exhausted.
Normal worry
Excessive worry
Helps you to get what you want
Leaves you feeling demoralised,
upset, or exhausted
Helps you to solve problems in
your life
Gets in the way of living the life
you want to lead
What can I do about worry?
It is natural for you to worry at the moment, but if you feel that it's becoming excessive
and taking over your life – for example if it's making you anxious, or if you're stuggling
to sleep – then it might be worth trying to find ways to limit the time you spend
worrying, and taking steps to manage your well-being. In the next section of this
guide, we have included a selection of our favourite information handouts, exercises,
and worksheets for maintaining well-being and managing worry. These can help you to:
• Maintain balance in your life. Psychologists think that well-being comes from living
a life with a balance of activities that give you feelings of pleasure, achievement, and
closeness. Our information handout Look After Your Wellbeing By Finding Balance
discusses this in more detail. The Activity Menu on the following page contains suggestions of activities to help you to distract yourself and stay active. Remember that we're
social animals – we need connections to thrive and flourish. We would recommend
trying to do at least some activities that are social and involve other people. In times
like these you might have to find some creative ways to do social things at a distance.
For example, by keeping in touch online or by phone.
• Practise identifying whether your worry is 'real problem' worry, or 'hypothetical
worry'. The Worry Decision Tree is a useful tool for helping you to decide what type
your worry is. If you're experiencing lots of hypothetical worry, then it's important
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