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Physical Effects Of Worrying

Physical Effects Of Worrying

Chronic worry can trigger a number of health problems. The problem begins when fight or flight response is triggered each day by excessive worrying and anxiety. This fight or flight response causes the body's sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol. These hormones boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel.

These hormones cause physical reactions, such as:

• Fatigue
• Dizziness
• Dry mouth
• Difficulty swallowing
• Muscle tension and muscle aches
• Irritability
• Inability to concentrate
• Nervous energy
• Nausea
• Shortness of breath
• Trembling
• Headaches
• Rapid heartbeat

When the extra fuel in the blood isn't used for physical activities, the chronic worry and stress hormones can lead to serious physical consequences, including:

• Short-term memory loss
• Suppressed immune system
• Digestive disorders
• Muscle tension
• Premature coronary artery disease
• Heart attack

Studies have shown that 30% of what we worry is about things that have already happened. Whether or not one becomes ill depends on his or her ability to handle stress.

Tips to consider (APA):

• Psychologist's first advice is to take a pause and not panic about the situation
• Get the facts right because worry is often based on a lack of information or misinformation
• Never be alone when you're worried, talk to someone about your anxieties
• Exercise! Moderate physical activity can help reduce anxiety and depression
• Incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily routine such as meditation or deep breathing

If these self-help strategies do not seem to be helping, contact a counsellor or a psychologist to receive appropriate treatment for your worrying!

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