We all know that excessive amount of worrying and stress can completely derail our mental health. That should have been enough to get everyone’s attention. But just in case you didn’t know it also has some very visible and equally damaging effects on your physical health as well. Don’t believe us yet, read on to know more.
There are some who advocate that a little anxiety is a good thing. And yes, if we aren’t under some sort of pressure, we tend to take longer to complete stuff. But everyone’s threshold is different and they need to pay attention as to when things are getting out of their hands for them. Physical signs of excessive worrying include crazily elevated heart rate, lots of sweating, and difficulty in breathing.
Stress is also a signal to our body to prepare itself for a fight which is one of the survival mechanism our ancestors developed to survive in the harsh living situations of the Stone age.
The muscles tense up and draw blood, leaving you looking pale and drained. And since there is no physical release for this built up pressure, it turns inwards causing you ache in different body parts such as your legs, back, head and other signs such as trembling. If it is more severe, it can also I’m part your digestion, resulting in either constipation or diarrhea.
And if you worry too much, it will also have an effect on your immune system. Too much stress weakens your immunity making you more susceptible to various infections, ranging from the common cold to much more dangerous illnesses.
Well, thankfully reversing or completely avoiding all these signs is totally in your hand. Our brain adapts easily and you can train it to worry less by introducing some changes in your behavior and everyday activities.
Follow these simple steps to make your mind stop worrying.
#1 Put it into words.
Stop crowding your mind by worrying about things. Write down everything that is causing you anxiety. Firstly it will de-clutter your mind, secondly, it will give an abstract idea a concrete form and finally it will help you move forward from the problem to its best and worst case scenarios, as well as solutions.
#2 Try meditating.
When your thoughts get too overwhelming for you, it is a good idea to completely clean your mind of everything. If you do it even for a couple of minutes you will notice the difference.
#3 Use your stress to fuel your workout.
When you exercise, it brings down the level of stress hormones in your body (cortisol and adrenaline), by using them up. And it also increases the level of endorphins in your system which is pick-me-up kind of hormone.