The best way to prevent yourself from becoming paralyzed with worry, writes psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell, is to simply make sure you never worry all by yourself. Hallowell argues in his new book, Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive, that when you feel real or imagined concerns piling on, share them with a friend, and there's a better chance that aimless anxiety will morph into problem-solving. He believes that worrying alone is one of the major reasons that people can't focus, both at work and elsewhere in their lives.
It's an intriguing idea, so Science of Us contacted Hallowell via email for some additional thoughts and anxiety-management tips.
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