How to Cope with Worry?

I have always been a worrier and it tends to get on a right roll ahead of medical appointments ( my own or those of anyone I care deeply about).

I have heebie-jeebies these days ahead of an appointment and I wonder if any of you out there have found the way to get control of your self.

See, I have tried deep breathing, relaxation techniques, yoga, exercising, diving into poetry, being open about how I feel, shutting up about how I feel, thinking about happy moments, writing down my fears, writing gratitude lists ….

When it comes to the waiting room and being summoned, I tend to lose any little bit of headway I may have made.

Sometimes, I wonder if it’s best to brace for the worst or hope for the best or maybe not think at all.

Has any of you mastered the art of coping with these kinds of terrors, long, medium and short term?

I know everyone is different and we all have different baggage but I also know I am not alone in dissolving into a blithering idiot ahead of  and during medical appointments.

All ideas welcome!



Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

12 thoughts on “How to Cope with Worry?”

  1. We must be of the same mind set , as I too am a constant worrier ..My brother use to say “Don’t worry because worry will take care of itself, and half the things we worry about never come to pass”…So I put it in God’s hands and hope for the best..Be hopeful a little optimistic that things will turn out for the better..Power of Positive thinking…I feel brings good results as we all have a inner fight this within us…I also want to know what is the matter as not knowing helps worry build-up…

  2. I don’t necessarily worry about the appointment, but I do find my blood pressure to be a bit elevated when I first arrive, so I try to arrive early and then sit in the waiting room doing that slow breathing I learned during pregnancy and child birth (it didn’t work then, but it does seem to work for lowering blood pressure).

  3. Dale, I know worry is a waste but it’s the how to push it aside or turn it off. Maybe someone will invent an ‘off’ button. Maybe, that someone should be me, now that I come to think of it.
    Thanks for the push!

  4. jobaor’s brother (above) seems to have a good outlook. Personally I subscribe to ‘Control what you can’ or ‘Que Sera sera’. Mind, whatever Doris Day says is good enough for me 🙂

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