By Bette J. Freedson, LICSW, LCSW, CGP
I have many years experience teaching people how to manage stress and cope effectively.
My tips are easily applied and get results.
Tips for Nips
- Breathe deeply and normally from your abdomen, taking deep breaths for further relaxing. The breath can take you physically out of the worry.
- Think in a balanced way. Keep thinking positively without beating yourself up for the worry thoughts. Keep returning to the positive thought and wave the worry on its way.
- Use mental imagery to rehearse difficult situations and to prepare for stressful events that cause you to worry in advance.
- Refrain from worry traps such as catastrophic thinking, black and white thinking, crystal ball thinking, and personalization. All you have to do is recognize them and turn the channel.
- A simple process called S-O-L-V-E can be used for solving problems and making decisions with less worry.
- You can use awareness of the way emotions and thoughts interact to create choices that can be worry-free.
- Intuition is your ally in nipping worry in the bud. You can learn how to manage worry by dipping below the fears into the territory of trust.
Bette J. Freedson, LICSW, LCSW, CGP is the author of the “Relax and Learn Seminars: Skills For All Seasons,” a repertoire of workshops based on the principles of effective stress management. In her work Ms. Freedson emphasizes the power of the mind/body connection to improve decision-making, increase effective coping, reduce time wasted in conflict, boost morale and productivity at work, and create greater harmony in relationships.
Ms. Freedson practices clinical social work at The Listening Place in Lynn, Massachusetts. Besides maintaining an additional private practice in South Berwick, Maine, Bette is Social Work consultant to Maine School Administrative District #35.