Do you know a single person who does not worry? I don’t. Some people worry more some people worry less and in my opinion, those who worry less are usually healthier. I personally don’t try to worry at all, but sometimes that feeling just gets to you and takes you by the hand.
Worrying is useless because usually we are worrying about some future event, so the thing you are worried about hasn’t actually happened, but it is just in our head. Interestingly when we are worrying there are effects on our physical body as well.
Worrying usually leads to stress and stress leads to a couple of other negative health conditions. One of the reasons for this is that worrying can trigger our “fight or flight” response.
Knowledge-base: Fight or flight response is a physical reaction of our body to our surroundings, especially when we expect a harmful event or an attack. There are many things that your body does in such a situation, for example, your heart rate increases, your breathing gets faster, cortisol (stress hormone) gets released and you get a tunnel vision. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors needed this reaction to either fight an attacking animal or flight.
Experiencing this response over a period of time or even on a daily basis, will lead to increase cortisol levels, which in turn usually increases blood sugar and triglyceride (blood fat) levels.
Getting in a fight or flight state, without using the build up cortisol or blood sugar for physical activity (fight, flight or some modern ones like sports), can lead to a wide array of negative effects on your health.
Physical reactions include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, muscle tensions, inability to concentrate, etc.
Besides that the excessive fuel in the blood, if not used as mentioned, can lead to digestive problems, premature coronary heart disease, suppression of the immune system and even heart attacks.
Oh and besides that, excessive worrying can also lead to acne, weight gain and back pain.
Worrying is a major part of many people’s lives and their health suffers tremendously. Not worrying at all is almost impossible, but here are a few tips that might help you to not worry so much.
- Think about worries you had in the past. Did they ever actually happen? If not, it’s likely it won’t happen this time as well.
- Think about the worst case scenario from an objective point of few. Then realize that it’s not as bad if it happens and the worst case scenario usually never happens.
- Talk. Worrying about a relationship is just making things worse. Talk with the other person and solve the issue. You’ll feel so much better afterwards.
- Exercise. You don’t have to do a one-hour exercise program, but get your body moving. Taking a walk is often enough to calm your mind.
- Think about what you can do to move forward and prevent the worries from happening. There is always something you can do!
Think about your most recent worries, weren’t they useless? Worrying gets your away from the present and into the future, which is, as I said, useless most of the time.
Stop worrying, start living.