Worry for thirty minutes

Millions of people worry away long stretches of the day. And most worries are about things that never happen. Yet while people worry about what might happen – developing health problems related to anxiety along the way – life slips by unlived.

A Pennsylvania State University psychologist has developed practical plan that can help you reduce the time you spend worrying. Among his suggestions are two that can free up a great deal of time for enjoying life. First, set aside thirty minutes a day for worrying. And second, write down a list of things to worry about during that period.

Another useful way to outwit worry is to use symbolism to get rid of it. The late Lord Rank, an outstanding British industrialist, rather whimsically used a little game he played to reduce the impact of worry. He organized what he called the “Wednesday Worry Club”. He was the sole member. Instead of worrying every day. Whenever a worry cropped up he would write it on a piece of paper and drop it in a box to be worried about on Wednesday afternoon at four o’clock, the meeting time of the “club”.

At that time, he would empty all the deposited worries on a table. In going over them, always about 90 per cent had solved themselves and no longer needed to be worried about. “But, what do you do with other 10 per cent?” asked his friend Norman Vincent Peale.

“I put them back in the box to be worried about next Wednesday at four o’clock,” replied Lord Rank blandly.

These suggestions can be your first step to limiting – and then eliminating – needless worry in your life.