People in our modern society have developed an unhealthy obsession with endlessly worrying all the time about things that have already passed and things that have yet to come. Little do people know that by worrying too much, they’re harming their mental and physical health.
Worrying is a very unhealthy habit because it causes stress. Stress is an actual, physiological response to a threat or danger. In ancient times, the stress response was useful because our ancestors needed it to run away from large predators and other hostile elements in the environment.
And usually, the stress went away when the danger was no more. Chronic worrying disrupts the normal mental and physiological processes because it causes a person to become stressed all the time.
The body soon tires of the stress response and becomes ill from all the worrying. If you worry all the time, it’s high time that you quelled this bad habit because it doesn’t only affect your health, but it also affects your good judgment. We can’t make sound judgments when we are constantly worrying.
There are some simple steps that you can take today so that you can finally end worrying when it creeps up on you. We all know that worrying can suddenly emerge from nowhere, and it is our job to stop worrying in its tracks before it takes over our lives again. Here are the steps:
1. Worrying usually clouds a person’s ability to analyze situations, so analysis is exactly what we’re going to do first. We are going to analyze what you are worrying about to see if it’s really that horrible to begin with. Think about the worst that could happen if this situation you are worrying about actually occurs. Or think about what might happen if you aren’t able to accomplish whatever task you’ve been worrying about.
2. If you are unable to do anything about what is about happen, then there is only one logical thing to do: accept it. Embrace the consequence with all your heart. Accept what will happen so that it won’t stress you out anymore. After accepting what will happen, everything will be that much clearer. The fog of worry and stress will be lifted. After accepting what will happen, think of what you can do after that thing has happened. Think of positive things that you can do to get back on your feet.
3. The third step is improving the present. Now that you have wholeheartedly accepted what is about to happen, it is time to think of ways to improve your situation. Ask yourself this: what can you do so that you can reduce the negative impact of the impending event or situation? What can you do to recover from what is about to happen? Start planning ahead. Plan so that you gain control of your situation once again. Don’t let the negative event rule your day. Remember that you are in charge of your day. One thing you can do right now to help stop worrying all the time is sign up for the stop worrying information mini-course described on this page.