Are you an excessive worrier? Many people who spend a lot of time worrying believe their concern is justified. However, worrying can actually take a toll on your mental and physical health.
Take this 10 question test to help you determine if worrying is affecting your health.
Constant worrying can affect your everyday life so much that you can lose your appetite, and your relationships, sleep and job can end up suffering. If worrying becomes so extreme, harmful lifestyles can develop and bad habits begin such as overeating, smoking or abusing alcohol and drugs. If too much worry is hurting your ability to enjoy life, please seek help from a medical professional.
Here are six steps to stop the cycle of worry:
- Set aside a designated time to worry. Once your “worry time” is up, let it go and move on. Your mental and physical well-being will thank you.
- Accept the worry and then move on. Worrying about worrying is an unhealthy cycle to fall into. If you get caught up in worry, have positive conversations with yourself, accept the concern, solve the problem and move on.
- Write your worries down. Let your emotions out on paper and free them from your head. This is an excellent strategy for getting the worry off your mind.
- Make time to meditate. Taking some time to relax can help release anxiety and concern. Spend this meditation time thinking about relaxing memories and positive events in your life.
- Get moving. Exercising is one of the best ways to get the positive mojo going in your body. When you work out, endorphins kick in and that creates a positive energy flow, kicking out much of the worrisome thoughts.
- Give yourself a break. Dr. Susan M. Love, a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, shared with The New York Times that those who feel the need to always be healthyactually felt worry and stress. You won’t become ill by not being healthy 100 percent of the time, so stop worrying; you will be healthier if you do.
Worrying Can Serve a Positive Purpose – if Used Right
If we learn to combat the negative reasons behind our burdens and use it in a more positive way, worrying can serve a good purpose, at times. It helps us to anticipate dangers, resolve problems and solve issues more effectively.
By turning these problems around in our minds, we examine the various issues from different angles. If we stick to sorting things out and making positive changes, we can actually unravel our issues.
Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, psychiatrist at UCLA, studies Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how the brain decides whether or not to learn. He says our minds can change our brains and literally rewire our thinking. You can train your brain to stay calm and look at life from a more positive perspective.
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