There aren’t many people in the world who can say that they have never worried about something in this life. We all worry to some extent, and as a result, we are all slowly killing ourselves.
When you worry about something, you release stress hormones that increase your blood flow, increase your heart rate, and raise your blood pressure. These are things that have proven to lead to serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, and even diabetes. Worrying sends your mind and body into a “fight or flight” mode that is constantly on alert until you are calm enough to reduce the hormone that sends these messages to your brain.
Our bodies are prepared for small moments of fear, which is proven when we feel the hair on the back of our neck stand to attention when we feel we are in danger. The moment the danger is over, our bodies go back to their normalcy.
However, when we worry, the moment of giving that fear hormone a break is dissolved and is instead on constant alert. This is not good because it forces our bodies to remain feeling as if it is in danger. “Your body doesn’t know the difference between worrying about something and running from a potential harm,” stated cardiologist Dr. Richard Stansman. “This is why it’s critical to release the stress energy that tends to remain trapped in the body if it doesn’t have an outlet,” he continued. Worrying only causes problems with your health that can prove to be deadly if it goes unchecked for too long.
Why we worry
It goes without saying that people worry about things that they want to change or improve, not realizing that they are only intensifying the challenges that they must overcome to have a clear mind. Worrying actually hinders us from solving the challenges that we face, and instead, places us in a position where our stress causes us to think erratically. “When a person excessively worries, the fight or flight mechanism becomes overactive, releasing excessive amounts of adrenaline, causing us to see dangers that are not really there or to overestimate danger,” wrote psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker Irving Schattner in his article entitled “Why Do We Worry So Much?”. According to Schattner, this process of pushing our bodies into an intensified state of anxiety through worry is counterproductive and prevents us from solving anything.
It’s all about control
It is believed that control plays a major role in our need to worry. We want to control situations, people, and circumstances but we don’t realize that our need to control only increases the outcome that we least desire. If worrying about something prevents a person from thinking with a clear mind, then why worry? Why harm your health, prevent yourself from having the mental capacity to solve your issue, and feel anxiety when you don’t have to? Worrying about things you either want or need is not going to bring those outcomes your way. The only way to ensure that you receive the end results of a situation or problem is to think about each phase of the issue and how you will approach them to get closer to your desired outcome. When you eliminate worry from your life, you actually open your mind to all of the possibilities that are present. It’s hard to see those possibilities when you are worried or stressed. Additionally, accepting those things that you can’t change in life will assist you in your ability to move forward without much worry.
We all worry about things that we care about. Worrying is a part of life that we just can’t seem to avoid. We can, however, control the amount of worrying that we do. Remember that your health, mind, and spirit count on your ability to remain calm and breathe your way through life’s challenges. It will all work out if you just believe.