Tense shoulders, a pinched face, chewed down fingernails, and an impending sense of doom — as a worrier, that’s how you look and feel all the time. A staggering 86% of adults label themselves as a worrier according to a study conducted by Rescue Remedy, and it’s not even life threatening problems that most are stressing about. It’s just concerns from regular, daily things that involve school, work, family and friends.
You spend about a month worrying every year
You may not know it, but you’re probably spending about one hour and 50 minutes EVERY SINGLE DAY worrying, which is how long the average adult does it for. Add that up and in a year, you spend about 28 days straight agonizing, stewing, brooding and panicking. What a waste of your life!
You know that worrying and anxiety both are bad for your health (which probably makes you worry more, right?). You send your body in “fight or flight” mode, forcing your body’s sympathetic nervous system to release cortisol, a stress hormone. Cortisol boosts your blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats), and this causes:
- Fast heartbeat
- Muscle aches
- Nervous energy
- Trembling and twitching
And if you don’t do anything about this cortisol again and again, you’re going to suffer the consequences, which are:
- Digestive disorders
- Heart attack
- Premature coronary artery disease
Take control of your mind and your body will follow. Stop those troubling thoughts and reclaim your peace of mind.
- Don’t exaggerate: Instead of thinking it’s all bad, be more accurate in your estimations and pinpoint exactly what the problem is, without using extreme words. Change “my boss hates me” to “my boss probably won’t like that I made a mistake on my last report.”
- Worry on a schedule: If you can’t stop worrying, schedule the time for it and stick to that schedule. When nagging thoughts start sneaking into your mind, write them down then get back to them later for a free-for-all worry session at your scheduled time.
- Repeat and get bored: Repetition is boring, so turn that into an advantage. Repeat the exact worrying thought you have over and over, word for word, in your mind. Do it slowly, laboring over the words. “I’m gaining weight. I’m gaining weight. I’m gaining weight…” The monotony of slow repetition will gradually make your mind wander, far away from your negative thoughts to something more fun.
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