Today’s phrase is…
To prey on one’s mind
Introduce it with some examples:
The problem has been preying on my mind for over a week now.
You mustn’t let past failures prey on your mind when making big decisions.
The expression is often used with “let” in imperatives: Don’t let it prey on your mind.
Lead students to the meaning: if a problem is preying on your mind it is worrying you or causing you anxiety.
Have students take part in a little therapy session in pairs or small groups:
- Is anything bothering you at the moment?
- Do you have any big deadlines or events looming on the horizon?
- Do you have any big decisions to make coming up?
- Do you have any regrets about recent things that have happened that you need to open up about?