Is excessive worrying affecting your body?

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Many people feel, thinking and worrying constantly about one things, they can prevent bad things from happening. But it is not true, on contrary excessive worrying can affect your body and mind in many ways which may lead to high anxiety making you physically ill.

Worrying can be defined as a feeling of uneasy or overly concerned about any situation or any problem. With excessive taking tension, you may lead to what it is called chronic worriers and those people mainly suffer from high anxiety.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal reaction of an individual towards stress. Reports have shown anxiety disorders affecting around 40 million adults in U.S population. Anxiety can affect people of any age, gender and race. These are mainly categorised in types depending upon their symptoms, which are generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety.

How chronic worries affect health?

Excessive worry or chronic worry can trigger a number of health related problems which otherwise may not happen if you don’t take tensions. Such worries causes the body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones known as “cortisol”. These hormones can have various bad effects on health of body such as:

  • Increase blood sugar and triglycerides
  • Causes dizziness
  • Leads to headache and fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Causes dry mouth and dehydration
  • Irritability and frustration
  • Increase in heartbeat and blood pressure
  • Difficulty in eating and swallowing
  • Muscle tension and body ache
  • Sweating and nausea
  • Trembling and twitching
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Rapid breathing and nervousness

As chronic worry result in increase of blood sugar and body fat which usually used by body as source of energy. But due to excessive stress, these fats get stored in body and not sufficiently used for other physical activities which further can lead to serious physical consequences including:

  • Digestive problems
  • Muscle tension
  • Suppression of immune system
  • Memory loss
  • Heart related problems
  • Heart attacks and strokes

Although excessive worrying can cause imbalance in your body, but taking care of your lifestyle you can re-establish harmony of mind and your body. Some points includes:

  • Eat healthy, nutritious and balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid smoking and excessive drinking
  • Learn to relax body and mind
  • Mediate in free time
  • Build a strong social; network
  • Spend more time with your loved ones and your pets
  • Talk to professional therapist
  • Take proper medical help

If excessive worrying and high tensions in a person go unnoticed and untreated for longer period of time, it can lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts hence should be taken care with proper medical help as soon as possible.

 

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