Chronic concern is a psychological dynamic very common in our present, marked almost always by stress and pressure.
We are dealing with one more component of anxiety , a symptom that, without becoming pathological in a large part of the cases, what it does cause is a great physical and emotional exhaustion for the person who suffers daily.
They are like mental storms, like bottomless wells into which we fall every day where we do not stop thinking about certain things that have not happened or that are simply part of our past.
These situations, where the mind is dedicated to suffering or obsessing about certain things, clearly weaken our productivity and, in essence, our quality of life.
It is also important to consider that concern as a means of dealing with problems is not always useful .
The reason? When we worry too much, negativism and helplessness appear, therefore, we stop being useful for ourselves by not focusing on more practical strategies.
Moreover, we must not neglect an essential detail: chronic worry has a high cost for our health.
Let’s see some of its effects and how to deal with more effective strategies.
1. Muscular tension due to excessive worry
We have all experienced it once. Arrive the last hour of the day and notice the muscles of the neck and jaw much more rigid and painfully tensed.
- Most of the time we are not aware of the large number of biological reactions that trigger excessive worry , which, as we have already pointed out, is one more component of the anxiety demon.
- When we worry too much throughout the day, our brain starts to release cortisol in the blood, the stress hormone.
What cortisol does is prepare us for flight or fight.
- The brain in turn sends much of our energy and blood circulation to the muscles to help us react.
These processes generate muscular and joint tension, as well as headaches, stomach aches, dizziness …
What can we do to reduce muscle tension?
We know that the source of that muscular tension and that overload is excessive worry. The strategy, therefore, would start working those obsessive and intrusive thoughts.
However, to reduce the impact of the side effects of anxiety, worry and the daily burden of stress, we can, without a doubt, put these dimensions into practice:
- Exercises of short duration but of high intensity. We need to release energy , channel it, tire the body to calm the mind.
- We will choose those exercises that best suit our personal characteristics , taking into account, for example, that if we have a contracture, the ideal will be to be more careful.
- The series of sit-ups, walks on the treadmill or even dancing Zumba can be very cathartic.
2. Chronic fatigue and worry
It happens in a large part of the cases: the mental storms, the tangles of our worries and that anxiety that we do not know how to manage ends up impacting on our body.
The mind is what consumes all our energy, it is the one that eats away at our spirits and even the desire to carry out a large part of our daily responsibilities.
Little by little we fall captives of that vicious and exhausting circle that causes excessive worry where physical fatigue also makes us prisoners.
What can we do to reduce the impact of fatigue?
A positive way of addressing excessive concern is by applying what is known as “scheduled concern”. It’s about the following:
- Set a time throughout the day where you can find a solution to those concerns.
- When a disruptive thought appears, we will say to ourselves “this is not the time to give you power, I will think about it when I finish my work and face a paper”.
- All worry must be useful for something, to find a solution. If the worry has no solution then it does not make sense to invest time in it.
- Also, it is important that we never carry that “scheduled concern” to bed, that is, we will never sleep with a concern in mind.
Read also ” repressing emotions raises our anxiety”
3. Chronic worry weakens our immune system
Worrying about a project, an interview, for that operation that we have shortly is something natural and understandable.
Now, the real problem arises when the worry is installed in our day to day to occupy each of our thoughts.
- If, in addition, such lucubrations and internal reflections are always negative, all this has a direct impact on our health.
- Not only does the level of cortisol in blood rise, the adrenaline also goes off …
- Our whole body is in “alert” because the brain interprets that there is a risk to react to.
- All biological resources and energy go to the muscles and the brain. Thus, other systems such as our immunity are completely neglected .
We therefore stop being able to react so effectively to viruses and bacteria. Hence, we are more sensitive to infections, colds , allergies …
What can we do to take care of our immune system?
Do not leave for tomorrow the worry you feel today, do not let the ball get bigger, do not procrastinate what today could have a solution.
- When you suffer from stress and anxiety, try to take care of your diet with fresh and natural products, avoid precooked foods rich in saturated fats.
- Encourage your socialization, share your worries with other people, stay with friendships will allow us to weaken the focus of our anxieties , downplay what obsessions or we only see in a negative way.
- Exercise in a natural environment for at least half an hour a day, oxygenate, activate your circulation, relieve tension to your muscles, free your mind …
To conclude, as we have seen, chronic worry can be faced in many different ways.
Find those strategies that best suit you and start channeling your anxiety to enjoy a better quality of life .