Everyone’s worries are different. I know for me, worry can quickly become anxiety when I start thinking unreasonably about things. “When is that presentation due?” becomes “I don’t have much time” becomes “There’s no way I’ll finish this!”

When I feel those types of thoughts getting out of control (I’m told it’s called catastrophizing), I try to ask myself why it matters. Ok, the deadline is approaching. So what? That means I should work on it. Cool. Panic avoided…

I wish it were always that simple. I’m still a work in progress, but I have finally started questioning my thoughts in a healthy way. It’s outside reasoning, unreasonable. It’s worry. But it doesn’t have to control me.

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