Many among us are constant worriers; but, did you know that worrying can lead to high anxiety levels, depression, and other physical ailments. A certain amount of worrying can be normal but if you are the perpetual worrywart there are certain things that you will need to know.
Worrying is a feeling of uneasiness based on trying to image what bad thing could happen in any given situation. For example, many of us worry about our children, our finances, or if a function we are doing will turn out okay. Chronic worrying throws a body into overdrive; it does not only affect the mind as most people would think. Worrying causes distress in the body as well.
According to Web MD, if you worry too much you become a good candidate for high anxiety -- even panic -- during waking hours. Many chronic worriers tell of feeling a sense of impending doom or unrealistic fears that only increase their worries. Ultra-sensitive to their environment and to the criticism of others, excessive worriers may see anything -- and anyone -- as a potential threat.
Chronic worrying will affect every aspect of your daily life. It affects how you think, feel and what you do in life. It will affect your eating habits, your job performance, your relationships and your sleep. Many people stay awake all night worrying about something.
On a personal note, I worried that I would have an accident if I drove a car as a result I never learned how to drive. Now another very important medical fact about excessive anxiety brought on by constant worrying is that it can lead to some harmful behaviors such as overeating, not eating enough to sustain the body, smoking, or using illegal drugs.
Worrying can make a person so nervous that he or she will fail a job interview by appearing too nervous or forgetting important information about themselves or even saying the wrong thing. Furthermore, worrying so much about passing an exam can make students so anxious that they end up with a memory blank and fail the exams when in fact they knew the material very well.
Worrying can trigger stress and although a certain amount of stress is necessary excessive stress is harmful. One can be stressed out by long lines at the bank, or stressed about performing a job task that is very difficult and everything in between.
Stress carries two components. The first components is perceiving the situation sometimes in a realistic way such as worrying about a home invasion then doing something about easing the stress and worry like locking the doors and getting a home alarm system or worrying about never getting married when you are just 17 years old.
The second component of stress is that it will affect the body as well as the mind. The body reaction is known as the fight or flight response. This response triggers the body to release adrenaline.
Fight and Flight response
In the days of our ancestors the fight or flight response was important to survival. If our ancient ancestors saw a wild animal they would run or seek protection by hiding somewhere, that of course is the flight response. Today we see this response in children backing away from oncoming traffic, or running away from a perceived stranger. The fight response can be shown in an argument one can fight physically or verbally or when can take flight and just walk away.
Excessive worry and stress can affect the health of the individual. The fight or flight response causes the body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol. These hormones can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel. The hormones also cause physical reactions such as:
Inability to concentrate
Muscle aches and pains
Twitching, trembling and shaking
Shortness of breath and sweating
Furthermore, the excessive worrying can lead to such things as memory loss, heart conditions, compromised immune system, and digestive disorders. Excessive worrying can also lead to such things as depression and suicide. Worrying can impair the blood circulation and impairs or produces certain hormones in the body.
Even though your mind and body can be effected by excessive worrying there are ways to keep your mind and body healthy.
You can see your doctor or a counselor. You can exercise every day and eat well. Moderate the amount of caffeine that you drink. Learn to relax, meditate, tell yourself to calm down and breathe deeply (bio feedback). It is also important to have friends that you can do things with to take your mind off of worrying or release your nervous tension and stress by talking about it.