The Worry Book

April 18th, 2012

From the time I get up in the morning to lights out at night (and sometimes after), big and little worries circle around me like low-flying aircraft just looking for a chance to land and unload their cargo. Even if they don’t make it to the runway, they’re always hovering in the background while I’m trying to get my work done or be creative or just relax. My most effective tool in controlling this traffic is a worry book. I’ve used it before, but tend to lapse and forget how important it is to keep it up every day. The notebook has to be tiny to fit in my purse or pocket, and every morning I write down what’s worrying me that day. It can be as trivial as “need to replace the ceiling fan that’s coming unmoored” to “what if I lose all my retirement money.” With a worry like the former, I can take a practical step toward putting it in the hangar for good: make an appointment with myself to pick out a new one and write that down in the book. Unfortunately, I’ve inherited a bunch of irrational worries like the money issue from my childhood, and they are constantly homing in when I least expect it. The very act of writing them down clears the air and gives me space to think, dream, imagine.

5 Responses to “The Worry Book”

  1. I’m not much of a worrier. However, when I feel overwhelmed by Things That Must Be Done, I make a list and a plan. Writing it all down lets me disengage and sleep at night and face the next day feeling prepared. I think the worry journal is a great idea. Sometimes when I’m caught up in some fear, I allow myself to consider The Worst Case Scenario. Fully imagining it and how I might deal with whatever it is I fear gives the fear less power over me. The worry book is about like that I guess. Not running away from a worry but fully acknowledging a fear and letting it go.

  2. Tori Walters says:

    I feel a bit jealous of V-Grrrl and her not worrying. I wish I too could be less of a worrier. But I’m more like you, Nikki with my demons with me all day. Maybe I need to invest in a worry book too!

  3. nikki says:

    This is so funny…right now I’m ransacking the house trying to find my worry book! ARghh! Now I have to worry about finding my worries.

  4. Nikki! It’s finally happened! You’ve lost your worries! BE FREE!

  5. nikki says:

    You’re right…I didn’t worry once today!

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