Wooing Your Worries

This week's exercise is inspired by Amy Morin's research on mental strength.

Have you ever found yourself in a constant state of fretfulness?

Recent studies have shown that we spend a lot of time worrying - up to 63 full days a year. However, many neuroscientists and mindfulness experts would argue that your mind doesn't have to succumb to excessive worrying.

As Eric Barker says, "You're not your brain; you're the CEO of your brain. You can't control everything that goes on in 'Mind, Inc.' But you can decide which projects get funded with your attention and action."

Wooing Your Worries Exercise

What It Is
A 20-minute opportunity to worry about anything and everything.

Why We Love It 
Sometimes worrying about things can snowball to a point of rumination that you lose your ability to create mental space for other things. This activity helps you determine when fretting about something will be more productive versus destructive.

How It Works
1. Set aside 20 minutes per week, or per day, to worry.

2. During this time, write out everything you are worrying about. Then, ask yourself:
- Is worrying about this serving me or others in a way that is useful?
- Is this concern within my control? If so, what what can I do to move forward?

Want to dig deeper into this topic?
Shout. It. Out. To Jeanie Bartges for her tips on this exercise!
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Here's what your fellow trekkers have to say about past treks:

"Last week's What's Your Tutu? exercise couldn't have come at a better time. I've always had a hard time showing emotion in romantic relationships, so it's helpful for me to check in with these questions after a date." 
Beebe Xia, Copywriter and Single Lady
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