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Book Nook: There's a science to worrying

THE WORRY SOLUTION: Using Breakthrough Brain Science to Turn Stress and Anxiety Into Confidence and Happiness, by Martin Rossman, M.D. Crown Archetype, $23.99, 233 pp.

Oh, no. It's snowing again? Driving is going to be so dangerous.

Maybe you've found yourself looking outside with a sinking heart this winter, but did you know that excessive worry - about the weather, your bills, whatever - can seriously affect your health?

Rossman, a mind/body expert from California, wants to replace "bad worry" habits that make us anxious, teaching "how to use worry for its true purpose, which is to keep you and your loved ones safe from harm."

THE SCOOP Rossman presents five skills to help you "worry well": Cultivating calmness (through breathing, imagery, relaxation); clarifying worries; listening to "inner wisdom"; transforming bad worry - and "making good worry better."

THE BOTTOM LINE Through guided imagery and effective planning, "we can use our minds to change our brains," he writes. And stop worrying in ways that make us suffer.

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