MAKE YOUR WOR­RIES REAL

Good Housekeeping (Philippines) - - Your Body -

Write down what’s on your mind at least an hour be­fore bed. By com­mit­ting thoughts to pa­per, you con­trol them—they no longer con­trol you and live on pa­per in­stead of in your head. Men­tally, you can tick them off. Dr. Mead­ows sug­gests giv­ing each worry a nick­name, too, such as The Nag. “We can’t help th­ese thoughts com­ing in, but they’re only a prob­lem when they start to con­sume us,” he says. “By giv­ing them names, you speed up the process of de­fu­sion, so when un­pleas­ant thoughts crop up, you can just ac­knowl­edge them—oh, there’s The Nag again—and go back to what you’re do­ing.”

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