Worry Management

Chronic Worrying
What is it and how does it affect us?

Worry, doubts and anxieties are a normal part of life. It is natural to worry about thing such as an unpaid bill, first date or an up-coming exam. Worry becomes a problem when it is excessive, persistent and uncontrollable. If you worry every day about many different things and cannot get anxious thoughts out of your head and it interferes with daily life - then keep reading.
Constant worrying, expecting the worst, panicking and negative thinking can take its toll on your physical and mental health. Leaving you feeling jumpy, on edge and exhausted. This can cause insomnia, stomach issues, muscle tension - it may be difficult to concentrate on every day tasks such as work or school. You might take things out on those closest to you, self medicate using alcohol or drugs, or try to distract yourself by zoning out and losing focus.

Chronic worrying can be a symptom of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, a condition which can cause tension, anxiety and a constant feeling of unrest.

If you suffer from Chronic Worry chances are that you look at the world in ways that make it seem much more threatening than it actually is. You may over think scenario's and expect the outcome to to be much worse. You might arrive immediately to worst case situations or treat every anxious thought as if it were truth. You may discredit your own ability to deal with situations or worry that you will call apart at the first hurdle. These irrational thoughts are called "Cognitive Distortions".

It can be hard to stop worrying, often this mindset has been in place for many years and it becomes automatic behaviour that you are usually unaware of. You might think that worrying can be beneficial, helping you rationalise problems and arrive at solutions. You might think that worrying makes you responsible or caring. In order to stop the anxiety you must first give up the notion that worry serves a rational positive purpose. Once you realise that worry is part of the problem not the solution, you can move forward and replace these thoughts with positive ones. The process is not quick, quite often these thoughts are part of a lifelong pattern of behaviour, but there are tools available to help you manage anxiety and worry and improve the way you react to triggers.

Worry can be very difficult to overcome. You can't just tell yourself to stop worrying.

These worries can manifest in many different ways. You might feel like everything is very black and white. "I didn't get hired for this job, I'll never get hired for any!"

I have attached the following NHS workbook, available in the article downloads which teaches how to overcome and deal with worry.

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