today's changing climate, countless things can cause us to worry. Our
health, job security, financial issues, reopening schools, distance learning,
current politics... the list of potential worries seems endless.
While we can't eliminate all our stresses, being worried about real things can
and does perform a needed function in our lives -- it can lead to action.
On the other hand, needless worry can actually be harmful. Needless worry
adds unwanted stress to our lives and can even dramatically increase the health
risks we face. The secret, of course, is identifying whether a thing causing
worry is a real or a needless worry, and learning how to deal with each one.
faced with anxiety and worry, our body reacts by pumping out a variety of
chemicals, such as adrenaline, that cause various physiological reactions. These chemicals fueled our ancestors' "fight or
flee" reaction when that bear attacked. Although we seldom face angry
bears today, yet our bodies still react the same way. Sustained, chronic worry
can raise our risk of heart attack and stroke, increase blood pressure, lead to
high cholesterol levels, and give us stomach aches, headaches and even back
starting point is identifying if the worry bothering us is real or needless.
Often it helps to discuss the cause of your worry with someone else. If
it is a real concern, one that you can do something about, then you want to
channel that worry into action. Begin by making a plan for dealing with
the cause of your worry, then carry it through. When you react this way you're
making a positive use of worry.
the cause of your worry is something beyond your control, you need to act to
counter that worry rather than letting it build up inside you. Sometimes
that simply means thinking about something over which you do have control or
taking a simple action to take your mind off of that needless worry.
watching the news, for example, makes you stressed and worried, stop watching.
If the worry is still with you, refocus by doing something positive. Go for a
walk, call a friend, or take a long bath. Your goal is to stop dwelling
on those things you really can't do anything about.
chronic, especially needless worry is negatively affecting your daily life,
consider seeking assistance from a professional counselor who can help you get
worry under control.