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Have a Worry? This Will Shrink It (For Now)

Mark Twain once said, “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”

But what if we had a way to shrink those worries in just one minute?

You likely have the worry in this moment and I’m going to point you to something that can help alleviate it for now.

You are going to put your stressful thought in a star…

Then just relax your body and watch it drift away…

You’ll breathe in…

Then breathe out…

You’ll start to understand that you’re like is okay and that sense the reality of this thought in the grand scheme of things.

This is called Pixel Thoughts, give it 60 seconds and see what you notice.

pixel thoughts

If you want to do this yourself, here Ultimately, if this worry continues to come back, it’s a good idea to set some time aside to intentionally think about it. However, it may just be something you don’t have control over and so doing this regularly may be a good practice.

Now take this feeling into the rest of your day :).

Warmly,

Elisha Goldstein, PhD

Author of Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Have a Worry? This Will Shrink It (For Now)

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is creator of the six month online program A Course in Mindful Living, author of the book Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler: Quick Exercises to Calm Your Mind, the premier eCourse Basics of Mindfulness Meditation: A 28 Day Program, the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations. Join The Now Effect Community for free Daily Now Moments and a Weekly Newsletter. Dr. Goldstein is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles.


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Goldstein, E. (2016). Have a Worry? This Will Shrink It (For Now). Psych Central. Retrieved on March 20, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindfulness/2016/03/have-a-worry-this-will-shrink-it-for-now/

 

Last updated: 6 Mar 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 6 Mar 2016
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