Andrew McCaul There's a right time and a wrong time to face your problems
Worrying can be good for you -- if it's done right. Constructive worry "helps you anticipate danger, avoid problems, or take corrective action," says psychiatrist Edward Hallowell. It's a survival skill, and it can allow you to tune in to a potential problem. Worry becomes troublesome when it is excessive, unfocused, or pervasive, or if it leaves you paralyzed to take action. And too much worry can raise your heart rate and blood pressure.
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Fortunately, there are ways to conquer everyday worries of all types. The key is to disengage from worry as soon as it appears and to distract yourself, then face the problem at a calmer moment. When you feel yourself starting to obsess, take a brisk walk around the block, talk to a friend about something unrelated, or rinse your face with cold water. Later, go back and address the issue with concrete steps. "If theRead More »from Easy ways to conquer everyday worries