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What could you gain by giving up…Worrying?

Monday 17th March 

Worrying is a natural response to a threatening situation. The problem is that the modern world can flood our senses with potential threats setting up a cycle of constant worry that creates stress.

This can have a range of physical impacts in the long term that can increase the chance of heart problems and suppress the immune system. More immediately, you may experience a range of symptoms including dry mouth, dizziness, irritability and muscle aches.

But there are techniques that help you handle worry when it hits. One tactic is deciding if the worry is a productive worry or an unproductive worry. A productive worry can be solved by a definitive action. If you can make a plan, do: write it down, make sure you’re happy with it and that you feel in control. If it’s an unproductive worry, then you will be expending a lot of energy thinking about something you can’t change.

Breathing exercises can also help focusing on breathing deeply can help prevent dizziness, and stop you hyperventilating. Getting regular exercise is key - it will release off hormones that make you happy, and also help you sleep better. A healthy diet and exercise will both contribute to better mental health and help you feel less anxious.

Most importantly, don’t feel like you have to cope with worry alone. If you feel like worrying is taking over, then contact your GP or speak to a counsellor. They will be able to help.

Useful links

How to give up worry by seeing it as a bad habit. 

9 steps to end chronic worrying. 

How worrying affects the body.

NHS Choices tactics to combat fear and anxiety.

 

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