Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Alleviating Worry

Do you constantly worry about things, even if you've done all you can to help the situation? If you find you mind constantly wandering to problems that you cannot control, try this to help you let go of worry:

The "I Can't Worry About It So Someone Else Can" Can

  1. Find an old coffee can with the plastic lid still intact.
  2. Cut a slit in the lid big enough to fit a sticky note in.
  3. Create a new label for it, saying something like "No Worries!" or "Someone else's problems," whatever you think is appropriate.
  4. Place it somewhere out of sight but convenient for you to access, alongside a pad of sticky notes and a pen.
  5. Anytime you find yourself thinking about a problem, write it down on the sticky note, fold it up, and place it in the can. You may have to do this several times with the same problem if it is particularly troublesome.
  6. After a period of time, the process of letting something go will become automatic. Hold on to the can, though, in case you find yourself having trouble with certain issues.
  7. When the can is full, release the problems to the air by burning them in a firesafe container. DON'T READ THEM!

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