Worry and anxiety

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effects of conflict on emotion There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

Epicetus 

Do you worry too much, do you fall into the anxiety trap?

If you are concerned enough about your behaviour to be looking for therapy have you considered definition and causes of your behaviour?  In the article that follows we will look at the definition and possible causes of your anxiety.

Although it’s a common term lets look at the definition of the word.  Worry  is an unconscious process where a person feels anxious or concerned about either a real, or imagined problem.  Some people go through their lives worrying about everything, some people don’t seem to worry about anything at all and others may go through periods of their lives where they are anxious and worry incessantly and then the phase passes and they return to normal …… 

I think of worrying as fortune telling, but looking for only negative things to happen.  It is a state of mind – if you’re looking for good things to happen that is what you will find – whereas if you’re expecting negative things, you will overlook the positive things – it’s not that nothing good happens, more that you simply don’t see it because you’re focussed, or pre-occupied – looking for problems.  

I’m not saying that all worry and anxiety is bad – it does serve a purpose, and can be healthy – it stops you from doing dangerous things and can prompt you to take control of a situation that you see as risky.  It could serve to save you money, because you will do your research before purchasing an item that you see as important, or, risky and certainly it can promote the production of adrenaline the flight or fight hormone and worriers certainly burn more calories, consequently worriers are often much slimmer than those of us who don’t suffer from anxiety – well that’s my excuse. 

There are also different kinds of worry and anxiety

Future worries – simply worrying about what may, and most probably won’t happen

Present worries – what may go wrong in the present and the suffer often feels helpless

Past worries – worrying about what has happened in the past – to my mind pointless, as you are unable to resolve what has already happened  

 There are lots of theories regarding why people worry but it is generally accepted that it is a learned response, rather than a genetic predilection.  If you look at the close families of people who worry excessively you will usually find that a parent or carer is, or was a worrier.

 What are the side effects of too much anxiety and worry?  These are all feelings

  • Inability to cope
  • Loss of confidence
  • Difficulty eating, or sleeping
  • Problems with digestion, IBS, diahorrea
  • Feeling sick, butterflies
  • Anger
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Headaches
  • Emotional stress
  • Panic attacks
  • Lacking energy – get up and go all got up and gone
  • problems with immune system
  • Health issues

 So what can you do, if you worry too much? check out the resources for self help

 Worry and anxiety can also be signs of depression, if you, or someone close worry incessantly you/they may need help.  Contact me christine@psychologicalsolutionsforme.com today to claim your free consultation and find out how I can help you. 


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