The Side Effects of Worrying – What’s the Rx?
It is common knowledge that worry can lead to many negative consequences. Here are a few quick quotes about worry that helps to paint the picture.
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” ― Corrie ten Boom, Clippings from My Notebook“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy.” ― Deepak Chopra, Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles
“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Trying to Predict the Future
Few things are as unpleasant as worrying. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and even physically ill. Author Emily Holland describes how worrying about the future literally creates a physical and emotional reaction about something that has yet to occur. Is the following situation familiar? You are unsure how a particular situation will unfold, which is anxiety provoking in itself since your brain can crave the security that comes with certainty, so you desperately attempt to fill in the gap.
The Side Effects of Worrying
These patterns and habits are often so hard-wired within you (as a result of genetics, environment, or both) that you don’t even realize you’re doing it. Worrying about the future becomes habitual and brings all of its unpleasant side effects with it. These effects can become more pronounced over time until, eventually, they become too distressing to ignore.
Worrying too much can affect both mind and body in a variety of ways such as:
• Disrupted sleep
• Difficulty concentrating
• Muscle tension
• Elevated levels of the stress hormone, cortisol
• Difficulty making decisions
When worrying starts to feel like it’s harming you instead of helping, it may be time to take notice. Eliminating worry from your life altogether is nearly impossible, not to mention unnecessary since worry can be helpful in motivating you to prepare for a test or work project, for example. The key is to strike the proper balance between worry and ease. Excessive worrying may also signify an anxiety disorder that is characterized by significant worry about future events and fear. If your worry stays at high levels, consider a visit to a healthcare professional to discuss alternative approaches to coping with your worry.
Breaking the Pattern
While focusing on the problem can cause worry, you may fear that by not coming up with a solution, you’re laying the groundwork for anxiety. You might be thinking, “If only I could come up with a solution then I could finally relax. Much of anxiety stems from fear, occupying a great deal of Lower Mental Energy. While intended to warn you of possible trouble ahead, it instead becomes a breeding ground for fear, that can spiral and build upon itself. I believe that most worrying is simply an outcropping of fear. It can be hard to turn that off.
Network Care, along with other techniques, can greatly impact the release of stored energy, including fear patterns. By releasing stored stress energy, the Upper Mind can take back some of what is lost to the Lower Mind. Seek Network Care if you truly wish to shift your frequency and your mental patterns.
Be More Mindful
When you practice Mindfulness, you become increasingly better at recognizing thought patterns, including those that do you a disservice.
• Take a few moments each day to sit quietly and focus on your breath.
• Observe your thoughts without engaging them.
• If your mind begins to wander, bring your attention back to your breath.
Whatever your approach, you’re not alone—everybody worries to some extent—what’s important is that you don’t let your worries overtake you.