Learn how to write a Worry Script for hypothetical worries.
When you’re troubled by hypothetical scenarios that you can’t act on in the moment, like fearing your baby might fall seriously ill in the future, it’s essential to face those fears differently. Instead of merely listing your worries, create a worry script. In this script, you’ll vividly describe your worry as if it’s happening right now, evoking the emotions tied to it. For example, if you fear a medical emergency, your script might detail the fear of the illness or injury, the rush to the hospital, and the challenges of recovery.
Writing a worry script might feel uncomfortable initially, but research indicates it can effectively reduce anxiety and worries over time. This technique allows you to confront your fears and visualize potential outcomes more clearly, rather than leaving them vague and unsettling.