Day 985: Worry about Worry

Do you ever worry about worry?

If you do worry about worry, don’t worry, because you’re not alone. If you don’t worry about worry, don’t worry about that, either. Let me worry about explaining worry about worry to you, now.

Actually, I’m not worried about explaining worry about worry,  since so many worried people worry about that in therapy sessions, every day.

Worry about worry can include:

  1. worrying that worry is going to have a negative effect on your health or the health of others and
  2. worrying that you’re not worrying enough about something that would usually worry you.

I’m not going to worry about having only two examples of worry about worry here, but I will add that worry about worry is similar to:

  • stress about stress,
  • guilt about how much guilt you feel,
  • shame about your level of shame,
  • anger about anger, and
  • fear about fear.

All of those feelings about feelings can grow upon grow, expanding way beyond your initial reaction.

Should we worry about that?

Let’s not.

Instead, should we worry about the fact that — after months of my worrying about transporting my iPhone photos over to my laptop and therefore worrying each and every word of these posts on my iPhone keyboard — I’m not worrying about that, this morning?

If you’re worried about that last worried paragraph, here’s what I mean about what I meant there:

I’m back on my laptop, today,  writing this worried post.

Worried about whether I’ll be able to worry recent photos from my unworried iPhone into this Worry-about-Worry post?


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No worries.


Let’s be jovial about Jovial, instead!

I’m not going to worry about inserting any music into this post. Would anybody like to worry some music about worry into a comment, below?

Unworried thanks to ME for figuring out how to transport photos quickly and painlessly between my iPhone and my laptop, again, and special thanks to you — of course! — for not worrying about worry, as best you can.

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38 thoughts on “Day 985: Worry about Worry

  1. Yes, those things can grow and especially angry against angry can get worst fast.

  2. We do worry too much, I just do the same lately again… need to stop and just get on with one thing at a time… Timely post for me Thank you Anne.

  3. Way to go, Ann. You figured out how to figure it out!

  4. should I
    i’m not

  5. Hi Ann, I found a most wonderful video that will chase all the worry away.
    PS. Mark beat me to it on the “Don’t Worry Be Happy” song.

  6. I do worse than worry about worry – I worry about nothing!!
    Love the funny-face fajitas! 😀

  7. “Don’t worry baby, everything will turn out alright” by the Beach Boys

  8. “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened”. Winston Churchill

  9. I’m really going to stop worrying about worry now. Especially as I am off to chicago tomorrow!

  10. Ann … I used to worry when I didn’t have anything to worry about. I also used to carry a ‘worry stone.’ But I quickly realized, as I sat there holding on to it, as I thought about my worries that it only gave birth to more worries. So I renamed the stone to my ‘gratitude stone.’ I’m much happier counting things that I’m grateful for … like the Beach Boys’ tune, “Don’t Worry, Baby” that Maria F. posted.

    Yes, “everything will turn out all right.”

  11. Good, sensible advice Anne. I love your pictures, especially the cones and the fajitas. I do doubt there’s such a thing as an injury free zone, though, but I’m not worried about it!

  12. I wish I wasn’t a worrier- it serves no purpose sometimes, but it is just my nature- but I wouldn’t worry about eating those yummy looking gluten free cookies, being gluten intolerant I’d have nothing to worry about!

  13. I used to be a chronic worrier – now not so much!

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