Is anxiety getting the better of you? Read on to find out how excessive worrying can kill your health.
Stress and worry form a considerable portion of our lives now. Anger, frustration, depression, worry are all negative emotions that mess up with your body if they exceed the red mark. It not only messes up your social circle by making you a not-so-friendly person, but also affects your physical health in more ways than one.
Why not to worry
While worrying may seem like a natural reaction to most problems, too much worrying can invite wrinkles and speed up the skin’s natural ageing process. When the stress chemicals, move through your bloodstream for a prolonged duration, they have a toxic effect on your glands and organs, making them weak and less efficient. Headaches, weakness, trembling and back pain are common among people who have a habit of worrying constantly. In the long run, it also affects the nervous and circulatory system, making you more susceptible to heart attacks and stomach ulcers. Also, anxiety sufferers often become insomniacs.
Worrying lowers immunity
A number of studies conducted have shown that excessive worrying can make you more susceptible to infections, cold, cough and other infectious diseases by lowering your immunity. High blood pressure and palpitations (abnormal heart beats) are common among anxiety-prone people. Other health problems that may crop up if you keep worrying include:
- Back pain
- Chest pain
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Stiff neck
- Sexual problems
- Psychologically erratic behavior
- Diarrhea, constipation and other digestive ailments
Yoga to combat stress
Till date, yoga is the best way to combat stress and defeat anxiety and other negative emotions. Count your blessings and keep yourself occupied with a good hobby or an outdoor activity. Clear your mind from all worries and think happy thoughts. – Your worries will be waiting for you once you’re done; if you want them; that is. Consider visiting a psychologist if you can’t seem to get your mind off the worry.
Journals and pets
Journaling and keeping a pet is a great option.-Both provide a healthy outlet to tough emotions, much better than getting drunk or turning to nicotine. A strong social network helps you to keep yourself busy. This way you are less likely to fall prey to suicidal thoughts and self-hurting behavior.
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