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THE OB­SES­SIVE

Essentials (South Africa) - - QUIZ | FIND OUT -

You worry ir­ra­tionally and seek con­stant in­ter­nal re­as­sur­ance. For ex­am­ple, you look symp­toms up on the in­ter­net to find the worst case sce­nario if you feel un­well. Ob­ses­sive wor­ri­ers can’t han­dle un­cer­tainty, their anx­i­ety is a search for guar­an­tees that don’t ex­ist (such as you’ll never get ill). Your goal To learn to let go and ac­cept the un­cer­tainty of life.

Your psych fix ‘ Iron­i­cally, think­ing about a worry can train you to tol­er­ate un­cer­tainty,’ says Dr Leahy. ‘ If you are wor­ried about your health, re­peat of­ten, “It’s al­ways pos­si­ble that I could be­come ill.” When you say it over again, it’ll lose its im­pact and lessen its ef­fect on you.’ Your life fix Walk­ing re­duces anx­i­ety, so why not join a walk­ing group?

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