Harmful Effects of Worrying

Issues in our body caused by worrying and how to cope with them

Are you one of those who worry a lot about anything and everything? Constantly thinking about the presentation and things that could go wrong with it. Worrying about the upcoming doctor’s appointment. We think that worrying could prevent bad things from happening but, in reality, it makes things worse.

Chronic worry and emotional stress can trigger a host of health problems. The problem occurs when fight or flight is triggered daily by excessive worrying and anxiety. The fight or flight response causes the body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol. They can boost up the blood sugar level.

The hormones also cause physical reactions such as:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Irritability
  • Muscle aches
  • Muscle tension
  • Nausea
  • Nervous energy
  • Rapid breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Suppression of the immune system
  • Digestive disorders
  • Muscle tension

If excessive worrying and high anxiety go untreated, they can lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts.

Simple life-changing activities excessive thinkers can do is:

  • Talk to a doctor
  • Exercise daily
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Meditate and relax
  • Have a good social network
  • Talk to a therapist
  • Note the things you worry about and distract yourself from it