I was talking to a colleague of mine awhile back and she told me about this wonderful project she was working on with many of her adolescent clients at a local high school. She hung a huge piece of paper on one of the walls and told the students if they wanted to they could write down anonymously anything that they were worried about.
The premise being that, if only for a moment, they could write their worries down they might also be able to lay their worries down and relax. The response from the teens was amazing and one by one they each wrote something and also found comfort in reading each other's responses. Even though it remained anonymous they felt a connection to each other.
Her exercise reminded me a lot of Daily Strength and how members find peace of mind through sharing their stories in the communities. Awhile back I posted in the anxiety community about this exercise and called it, "leave your worries here." Just like the teens, some members found great relief in posting their worries and leaving it. The post became a tangible place to take the ruminating voices inside and place them outside leaving the mind hopefully a little quieter.
Eventually, the post fell too far back behind other posts and disappeared. But I thought I would again offer a space on DS to write your worries down via the comment section. If you are ruminating and anxious and feel comfortable doing so please feel free to leave your worries here. Also, if you don't feel comfortable, but find the idea intriguing, try journaling this exercise or even post a list on your refrigerator.