By Lori Levey
The Wellness Collaborative is presenting “Are You a Worrier? You Can Change That!” a workshop designed to help those who deal with uneasiness in these times, which can often feel overwhelming.
The workshop is facilitated by Lori Levey, a Big Canoe resident, retired psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and will be in the Mountains View Room at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 9.
The purpose of the workshop is to empower participants by teaching skills proven to decrease the tendency to worry about everyday events. These techniques are designed to help you take control over things you normally don’t think you have control over. Whether you call yourself a worrier or are simply interested in learning new coping tools, this class will be an eye-opener and will help you realize you have the power to improve your emotional well-being.
Consider whether any of these questions apply to you:
Do you call yourself a “worrier?”
Do you spend a lot of time thinking about what may or may not happen in the future or do you focus on the past?
What goes through your mind if you text a loved one and you don’t get an immediate response?
Is the word “should” a large part of your self-talk?
Is “what if” a phrase you use frequently?
If someone close to you does or says something that upsets you, do you address the issue directly about it or do you avoid the confrontation? Do you have trouble standing up for yourself?
Do you have trouble setting boundaries? Do you have trouble saying no and end up doing something you don’t want to, which leads to you feeling regretful/resentful? What do you fear will happen if you say no? Are you a people-pleaser?
Do you have trouble making decisions? Do you sometimes make them based less on the reality of the situation and more on what you think might happen or on what someone else thinks? Do you tend to second-guess yourself?
Do you spend a lot of time wishing things were different?
Do you take care of yourself before taking care of others, or do you consider that being selfish?
Do you think your perspective is typically realistic? Or do you:
• Make assumptions
• Look at things from an either/or, black/white, all-or-nothing perspective
• Blow things out of proportion
Do you tend to take on the emotions of others as if they were yours?
These questions and others will be addressed in the workshop, which will be in an informal, interactive setting. Worrying is something we all do from time to time; however, by practicing simple-to-learn strategies based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), we don’t have to become overwhelmed!
To register, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the “Are You a Worrier? You Can Change That!” workshop, write to Lori Levey at email@example.com.