Worrying is not just for women. Those type A personality men are bogged down with worry as well. Are you an obsessive worrier? Do you fret over work assignments that you completed? As much if not more so than those assignments you haven’t completed? If your answer is, “yes”, to either or both questions, you suffer from excessive worry. For some people, they actually develop chronic worry.
What exactly is worry? Worry is tormenting yourself or suffering from disturbing thoughts. When you develop excessive worry, you can end up with a maladaptive stress response; i.e., fight or flight response. When you have a maladaptive stress response, your body is regularly impacted by an increased heart rate and gritted teeth in the form of fight. However, you don’t do anything else to physically relieve the stress. Or, in the case of the flight response, your heart rate increases, and you avoid the situation. Again, your body does nothing to relieve the stress.
What can happen when this occurs? Prolonged stress can result in several mental responses. Those responses include fatigue, inability to concentrate, irritability, and depression. Let’s explore these in a bit more detail.
When you have fatigue from stress, you are exhausted after a full 8 hours of sleep. There is no relief from the tiredness that you feel.
Inability to Concentrate
You are worried about everything that can go wrong, you can’t focus on the present and what is going on at the time.
When you are stressed, you are angry, scared, and fearing the unknown. As a result, you get short those closest to you which leads to more bad feelings.
Together the first 3 can lead to depression. With so much worry, guilt and fear, you are no longer able to function productively.
This is just a list of the mental health issues that can result from worry. The physical symptoms are just as bad. Those physical symptoms include a weakened immune system, high blood pressure, ulcers, panic attacks, cardiovascular issue, diabetes, gastro issues, etc. basically, you name it, it’s falling apart. Ulcers and acid reflux are no longer badges of honor.
What can you do?
To combat chronic worry, you need to identify what you fear will happen by losing control. Then, you need to embrace the fact that you can control nothing but your own actions and reactions. Only then, can you begin to overcome your issues. Other actions that can help include exercises such as cycling or yoga, meditation, deep breathing, practicing mindfulness, and positive thinking.
Both men and women deal with excessive worry. If you are struggling with worry, you can work to relieve your overall issues with control. After addressing your control issues, you can add exercise and relaxation into the mix to help even more.