This guest article from YourTango was written by Julia Flood.
Do you believe that worry is preparation? If yes, then welcome to the club! Worriers get a lot of unsolicited advice from non-worriers: just relax, it’s going to be fine, or my favorite: don’t worry.
Some advice is more clever than other. Dean Hawkes of Columbia University once famously said, “Half the worry in the world is caused by people trying to make decisions before they have sufficient knowledge on which to base a decision.” Or, as Charlie Brown put it more amusingly, “I’ve developed a new philosophy … I only dread one day at a time.”
But apart from cognitive tricks and internal pep talks, is there anything concrete you can try to diminish worry?