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Get Over Your Worries with This Self-Reflection Exercise

Get Over Your Worries with This Self-Reflection Exercise lifehacker Deadspin Gizmodo Jalopnik Jezebel Kotaku Lifehacker Video index Skillet Two Cents Vitals App directory Gear Get Over Your Worries with This Self-Reflection Exercise Patrick Allan 3/09/15 1:30pm Filed to: mind hacks psychology worry stress 7 5 Edit Promote Share to Kinja Toggle Conversation tools Go to permalink We all worry about things on occasion, but worrying too much will only increase your stress levels. If you tend to be a worrywart, this quick exercise can help you dull the worries on your mind. Advertisement Chronic worriers usually end up worrying about things they don't need to worry about, so if that sounds like you, some form of filter can reduce a big chunk of anxiety right from the start. The other aspect of worrying is the way it affects you mentally. Byron Katie, creator of the self-betterment process " The Work ," developed a system of simple questions to help you address your worries head-on: Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to 3.) Can you absolutely know that it's true? (Yes or no.) How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought? Who would you be without the thought? The first part of the exercise helps you eliminate the stuff that doesn't need to be on your mind at all. More importantly, the second part has you looking inward to really see how your worrying can be affecting you in a negative way. The last question in particular can be useful on its own because we usually have a hard time seeing the way we could be. Maybe you'll be a much happier person without all that worry, or maybe you'll have a much clearer head when it comes time to take action. Before you let your worries get the best of you, send them through a filter so you can really narrow down what the problem is. Check out the exercise in more depth at the link below. Advertisement 4 Questions That Will Help You Stop Worrying About Anything | Inc. Photo by Bhernandez . Gear from Kinja Deals Bestsellers: Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Containers Bestsellers: Mohu Leaf Sunday's Best Deals: Amazon Gadget Sale Redux, Your Favorite Travel Mug, and More Reply 7 replies Leave a reply You may also like Sploid Repairing a $30,000 Tire Is an Insanely Complicated and Satisfying Experience Today 1:04pm The Slot Trump Says He Doesn't Need Daily Intelligence Briefings Because He's 'You Know, Like, a Smart Person' Today 10:35am Kotaku Best Buy Employees Surprise Teen Who Visited Store Every Day To Play Smash Bros. Today 2:00pm Recent from Patrick Allan 11 6.7K Lifehacker · Patrick Allan Tips for Shipping Homemade Cookies the Right Way Yesterday 3:00pm 4 6 6.1K Lifehacker · Patrick Allan Planning Out Your Entire Weekend Makes It Less Enjoyable Friday 4:00pm 1 10 5.2K Lifehacker · Patrick Allan The Best Way to Get Vomit Stains Out of a Suit or Dress Friday 3:00pm Share Tweet About Blog Need Help? Content Guide Lifehacker Store Redirecting to the Lifehacker store in Disclaimer: You are leaving a Gizmodo Media Group, LLC website and going to a third party site, which is subject to its own privacy policy and terms of use. Continue Permissions Privacy Terms of Use Advertising Jobs RSS ©2016 Gizmodo Media Group Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.