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Put worry on the to-do list

Posted Jul 03 2008 12:11pm
Many thanks to theANAD Broward blogfor calling my attention to the Wall Street Journal article, "When Fretting is in your DNA."

It is well established that eating disorders are more common in people who struggle with anxiety and/or depression. People tend to look at biological tendencies as destiny, but I never have. Knowing what your natural temperament is just gives you a starting point, an owner's manual. What you do with that is far more fluid:

"just because rumination has genetic roots doesn't mean it's inescapable...People can learn to stop these thought processes and have better emotional health."

"He suggests literally reserving 20 minutes a day to worry. If you can postpone worrying, you are exercising control over it, rather than letting it control you."
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