Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
Corrie Ten Boom
To wipe worry out of your system simply clasp the fingers of one hand round the thumb of the other hand. It doesn’t matter which thumb you hold, and you can swap hands at any time. Hold your thumb until the worry eases, which could be a minute or twenty minutes.
If you’re a chronic worrier, get into the habit of holding your thumb whenever you can; between courses at the dinner table, at your desk while you’re thinking, on the train, while watcing a film, in the queue etc. You can even go to sleep holding your thumb!
A client’s mind was racing, and I suggested he hold his thumb while we talked. A few minutes later he noticed his shoulders had dropped!
Try holding your thumb to wipe out your worries …
And if you’d like to go deeper and heal the cause of your worrying I recommend three TAT sessions.