Stop Worrying: Learn to Halt Worry
What is Worry?
Worry refers to thoughts, emotions, and images of a negative future. People may worry about real or imagined future events. Often, we mistakenly believe that worry is useful in helping prevent undesired future events—to prepare or think through how you'll respond—but excessive worry only propagates future worry and is not really a useful coping strategy.
Why Worry Is Problematic
Excessive worry is the key feature of generalized anxiety disorder. With or without an anxiety disorder, worry can cause severe somatic symptoms and emotional distress. When you limit the amount of time you spend worrying or you reduce the number of things you worry about, you free yourself from excess anxiety leaving room for increased happiness.
Ways to Stop Worrying
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.