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Unload Your Stress

Posted Feb 23 2009 9:43pm

There' s a new website in town and it' s called  It' s a clever service that let' s you upload and unload your stress. You send what' s eating you into the great beyond by way of email and they do the worrying for you.  This service reminds me of strategies I learned years ago in the family therapy field to help clients cope with anxiety.  Here are a few:  write your worries down on small slips of paper, put them into an ice cube tray, fill the tray with water and put it in the freezer.  When you feel worries coming on, take the tray out of the freezer and defrost.  When the ice cubes have completely melted, begin to worry.  Another strategy, is to worry for the first five minutes of every hour, with the next fifty-five minutes worry free.  A third strategy is to get a jar or basket with a tight fitting lid and designate it as your worry container.  When a worry pops up, write it down on a small piece of paper and put it in the jar or basket.  At the end of the week, shred your worries with your shredder. These simple strategies use action to postpone and contain the worry habit.  The idea is to get your worries out of your head and live in the now! 

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