Why Worrying Can Be Worth It
1. It protects you.
“If you’re not at all concerned there could be danger, you’re not going to take precautions,” says Buhr. That voice of worry can remind you to put on your seat belt or check that you turned off the stove. It keeps you safe.
2. It motivates you.
Whether you have a speech to deliver or a home reno to tackle, thinking about what could go wrong can spur you to get to work. “A little bit of worry lets you know what’s important and might actually move you to prepare,” says Buhr.
3. It promotes problem solving.
A 2006 study published in the journal Anxiety, Stress & Coping tracked the
worries of university students in Australia and found that they were often solving problems while they were agonizing. So, while it feels unpleasant, worry can be productive.