Make Worry Work for You

Chinese man looking worried outside on bench… instead of consuming you.

By Bill Reeb

Worry is an instinctive response that is meant to surface an issue or problem that needs attention. It is an internal alarm system saying, “Danger, danger, Will Robinson, danger” (okay, you got me … a quote from “Lost in Space,” a mid-’60s TV series).

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Like so many of our psychological and physiological responses, too much or too little of this emotion can be equally negative. If you don’t ever worry, then you might get caught off guard regarding something you could have easily prepared for. On the other hand, too much worry is like too much adrenalin: Your body will just wear itself out by constantly processing it.