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Here is advice for when worrying about your life gets in the way of getting things done.

"We live in difficult, even scary times," says Communications Coach Marcia Brandwynne. "And for people who worry, a lot of their energy is spent churning and dwelling over things they can do nothing about." 

According to Dr. Martin Rossman, who wrote the book The Worry Solution, some 85 percent of our worries never happen, even though our brains believe that worry is what's protecting us.

Brandwynne says, "Worry developed in early man as a helpful tool. It alerted us to danger and gave us the imagination to problem-solve and survive. Boy, has it evolved! Useless worry can easily turn into a bad habit." 

So how do we learn to worry about the right things?

"First, we take our worries out of our brains and put them on some paper," says Brandwynne. "Make two columns. If you can do something about the worry, it goes in the good worry column and your imagination will help you solve the problem. If it's nothing you can do anything about, it goes in the useless or bad worry column."

Next, she says you talk out the bad worry with yourself.

"Read what you wrote down out loud and be mindful that your fearful thoughts are over things that have not happened. 'I'm OK right now and that's what matters,'" says Brandwynne.

Marcia Brandwynne adds that the important key is to know the difference between good and bad worry.

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