Stop Worrying and Start Living

Is there a solution to worrying besides "don't worry"? Certainly, the usual platitudes abound: Lighten up. You can't control the world. Everything happens for a reason. They seldom help -- so we set out to find out what does. We identified six types of worriers and asked experts including a Buddhist psychotherapist and a social-science researcher to show us how each type can get a handle on their hand-wringing. Chances are you'll see yourself in more than one of the following worry profiles -- and that's okay (we did, too). The goal isn't to pull the plug on all of your worries, but to better understand where they come from and start seeing -- and changing -- the effects they have on the way you live.

Types of Worriers: Which One Are You?
The Generalist
The Control Freak
The Fortune-Teller
The Existentialist
The Rehasher

Psychotherapist and yoga expert Stephen Cope, author of "The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living"; Dr. Robert Leahy, cognitive psychologist and author of "The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You."

Text by Terri Trespicio; illustrations by Laura Levine

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Comments (5)

  • 24 Jul, 2014

    Every word you mentioned is absolutely true but but but being a human or living in this world is not easy.You are constantly judged and critised but that doesn’t mean that we need to stress about those things.Living in regret is the most painful torture you can give to yourself but whats the beauty about this life is the power you are given to move on and be strong.Check this video http://viralexpose.com/motivational/this-video-shows-us-why-we-should-stop-worrying-and-start-living/

  • 26 Jan, 2009

    I love the Worry Girl illustration!

  • 1 Sep, 2008

    As a Reiki practitioner on Long Island many of my clients are looking to relieve stress. Stress is truly killing us all. Whoever thought multitasking was a great thing could not have been more wrong. It's like we are tearing ourselves apart, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
    This was a great article and a very insightful eye opener.

  • 30 Jun, 2008

    I could relate to all the worry types......solutions sound reassuring, all about the here and now for peaceful thinking

  • 3 Jun, 2008

    Great article. Would love a poster of the "worry girl".

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