My mom pulled these thoughts from an article: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/07/29/kerkhof-worry-technique/ that are worth sharing. Everybody has worries, and these tricks can help keep those worries under control.
WORRY WARTS-- Set aside a time for worrying. Your worries relate to
real and practical problems in your life, so you cannot rid yourself of
them altogether, but you can learn to control when you think about them.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky famously commanded his brother not to think of a
white bear, and we know from the experiment on thought suppression which
followed that, given that instruction, you
can think of nothing but a white bear. … Likewise, telling people not
to think of their worries isn’t going to work. Instead Kerkhof
recommends the opposite. Set aside 15 minutes in the morning and 15
minutes in the evening to do nothing but worry about the future. Sit at a
table, make a list of all your problems and then think about them. But
as soon as the time is up you must stop worrying, and whenever those
worries come back into your head remind yourself that you can’t
contemplate them again until your next worry time. You have given
yourself permission to postpone your worrying until the time of your
choice. Remarkably, it can work. It puts you in control.
you find yourself awake in the middle of night worrying, with thoughts
whirling round repeatedly in your head, he has several strategies you
can try. This is where imagery comes in useful again. Imagine there’s a
box under your bed. This is your worry box. As soon as you spot thoughts
that are worries, imagine taking those individual worries, putting them
into the box and closing the lid. They are
then to remain in the box under the bed until you decide to get them
out again. If the worries recur, remind yourself that they are in the
box and won’t be attended to until later on. An alternative is to choose
a colour and then picture a cloud of that color. Put your worries into
the cloud and let it swirl backwards and forwards above your head. Then
watch it slowly float up and away, taking the worrying thoughts with it.
Having a back up happy thought to replace your worries will help too. I like food, so I'll think of my favorite foods, or I'll think of a happy memory with my family. Also, songs are great distractors; start singing your favorite song in your head, and it will cheer you up and take your mind off your worries. Hakuna Matata!