Something that was suggested to me by the nurse at work and in my chronic pain self management class was to start a worry journal and refer back to it when I'm starting to worry about something so that I can function better and hopefully reduce stress and as a result pain.
So I'm trying it but I am stuck and need help. Im not very good at finding solutions or this positive thinking thing. Im a classic catastrophic thinker.
The worry thought I'm working on first is What if the deicing fluid runoff and breakdown gasses come into my work building and make me sick again?
The format is supposed to follow worry thought, more evidence on the subject (aka ask the expert), would most others agree with your worry and if not what would they think, what would you tell a friend, what will happen if the thought continues and then more encouraging and useful thinking. Then there is the problem solving portion which is actions you can take towards fixing the problem and the pros and cons.
Im stuck on what would most people think (I've heard from others that is both a legitimate concern and that I'm just crazy) and better ways of thinking. I haven't tried problem solving yet because it's all out of my control (i can't think past my own nose apparently). The only evidence I have is a tenative plan by the airport to work on the processing system over the summer. And I'd tell a friend that stress makes everything worse and to take their mask everywhere and if it does show up again to call the manager and leave even if there is no one else to cover shift. (Which makes me worry that if I do that I'll be fired for abandoning my post in a safety sensitive environment, see i am crazy). If i continue to worry I'll stress myself out so bad that I'll be fighting anxiety attacks before my shift again and probably calling in sick from the stress as well as making both the fibro and mcs worse.
Sorry this is so long