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The worry box. / 3 December 2015

Earlier this year I attended a group CBT course for Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Years of chronic pain and the associated depression and fatigue has taken its toll and I am now what my older neighbours might call 'Bad with the Nerves'. That description, old fashioned as it, pretty much nails it. Keeping on top of it is a work in progress.

One of the techniques we used on the course is 'Worry Time' where you sit for 15 minutes every day, write down all your worries and troubleshoot them with the CBT tool kit. Over the past 5 months I have single handedly used up a small rainforest of paper and drained several wells worth of ink dry. Dreaming up things to make from the produce of all this anxiety passes the time and diverts me from the sad pointlessness of most of my worries.

In the beginning I tore them up and put them in glass jars for possible use in a papier-mâché sculpture. As this could only happen in a parallel universe where I still have the energy for such noble pursuits I have started to keep them nice and neat in this box instead. I hate the worries but I like the look of the worry box. Go figure.


18 December 2015

I have dozens of boxes all containing ostensibly important and useful stuff, eg thread, ribbon, beads, elastic, sequins, pens, pencils, pins, needles, staples, glue, photographs, envelopes, tape measures, megaphones, microphones, headphones, earings, keyrings, CDs, tapes, receipts, reminders ...

Reading your blog, it occurs to me these boxes actually are full of worries.

So now what do I do?

Jane mccormick

15 December 2015

Thanks Daniel for encouraging comment. Much appreciated.

Daniel Regan

8 December 2015

This is such a great idea and art piece. Beautiful stuff Jane.


7 December 2015

Thanks Joe and Colin for the comments ...I love the idea that it's like Pandora's box in reverse. Part of the process is to figure out which worries get repeated again and again....most of the biggest re offenders are the things that have never actually happen. As you suggest Colin I may need different boxes for each subset of daft worries. What has become clear to me since I started this practice is that probably only 1% of my worries are actually real problems. To celebrate this useless insight I have put on the kettle and decorated my worry box with a miniature Christmas tree....there are not many things in life that can't be improved by the addition of a tiny Christmas tree and a nice pot of tea!

Colin Hambrook

4 December 2015

Love the idea of using containment in this way Jane. It's a beautifully presented image. You could different boxes for different concerns.

Joe Turnbull

4 December 2015

I love this idea, keeping your worries safely in a box makes you feel as though you have ownership of them and not the other way around. There's also something strangely aesthetically pleasing about it as well. The imagery that is being conjured up in my mind is Pandora's box but in reverse; if you think about that fable in a different light the power of the box was that it could keep all evil within it.

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