The anxiety demon: letting go of ‘what if’
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The anxiety demon: letting go of ‘what if’

Mandy Day-Calder Freelance writer and life/health coach

How to break the cycle of negative thoughts and the constant fear of ‘doing something wrong’

Ruminating over what might have happened (if you hadn’t spotted patient X was trying to get out of bed) or worrying about what might happen in the future (‘I’m so tired – what happens if I make an error with medication?’) can become an addictive pattern that will leave you anxious and exhausted.

Nursing Standard. 32, 7, 35-36. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.7.35.s45

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