Do you go through life being concerned about every little thing? Do you feel nervous, anxious or stressed more often than not? If so, you may be worrying too much—and that worry may be negatively affecting your physical and mental health.
Occasional worrying is a normal part of life. You may be nervous about a job interview. You may think the worst when you have an unexplained pain and go to the doctor. And it’s common to feel some degree of worry or anxiety when you do new things or meet new people. But when your head is constantly filled with concerns or worst-case scenarios, it can interfere with your day to day life.
These are some ways excessive worrying can affect you:
While it’s natural to worry about things from time to time, it’s not healthy to let worry consume your thoughts. Worrying excessively can have the same effect on your body as chronic stress, triggering the fight-or-flight response and releasing stress hormones like cortisol. Chronic stress has been shown to contribute to serious health issues, such as digestive problems, heart disease and suppression of the immune system.
If you find that concerns and negative thoughts are getting the best of you, here are some ways to help ease your mind:
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