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Do your friends tease you about being a worrywart? Do you lie awake at night and agonize over minor issues in your life? If you answered yes to both questions, you may be a chronic worrier. Here’s how to not let worry steal your happiness.
Don’t Let Worry Steal Your Happiness
Worry is the state of being excessively preoccupied by current or impending problems. It’s a habit that can ravage your nerves and lead to physical health problems. Read on to learn more about the causes and consequences of worry and what you can do to overcome it.
Causes of worry
Psychologists are divided on the reason why some people worry more than others. Some claim that there’s a genetic factor that makes some human beings more prone to worrying. On the other hand, there are those who believe that a tendency to worry is nurtured during childhood. Studies have found that children of divorced parents are more likely to develop generalized anxiety disorder when they grew up. The theory behind these findings is that children who experience turmoil tend to feel more insecure about the world around them and therefore become chronic worriers.
Anything can trigger worrying. From financial problems to health concerns, worriers often cling to any sign of impending disaster — whether real or imagined — and dwell on it for long periods of time.
The effects of worry on our mental and physical state
If left uncontrolled, worry can ruin both your mental and physical health. People who constantly worry tend to live in a perpetually anxious state, with a cloud of doom and gloom raining on their parade every day. Excessive worry also leads to physical conditions like a weakened immune system, high blood pressure, upset stomach and acid reflux. Sleep disorders like insomnia are also common among worriers; their worries literally keep them up at night.
Worry can also lead to more detrimental habits as people search for ways to cope with their troubled thoughts. These bad habits include chronic overeating, smoking, and drug or alcohol abuse.
Tips to overcome worry
Practice meditation: Meditation is a great way to cope with worry. When you meditate, you train your mind to focus on the present moment. Focusing on the present weakens the power of worries since they are thoughts that focus on what could happen and not on what’s happening in the present. Also, as you continue to meditate, you’ll begin to think more clearly and get deeper insights into how you can solve the problems that trigger your worries.
Speak to a trusted loved one or counselor: Sometimes the best way to deal with worry is to get it off your chest by speaking to someone about it. When you speak the problem out loud, it takes your mind off it. It makes the problem seem more tangible and therefore more solvable. It’s also helpful to get someone else’s opinion on how to deal with your problem so that you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
It’s human nature to be concerned about challenges in your life. But, when you find yourself continuously focusing your mental energy on those problems, you’re worrying. Don’t let worry ruin your physical and emotional health. Talk to someone today and learn to cope before it’s too late.
P.S. If you’d like more ways to let go of the negativity in your life, check out our 30 Day Negativity Detox.