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If You Worry A Lot, Read This

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If You Worry A Lot, Read This
The day that I decided to quit my last job and the day that I handed in my notice were almost 90 days apart. In those three months, I worried -- a lot. I decided to pursue my desire to become a full-time writer. But shit was getting scary.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world." 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Turn Worry Into A Constructive Process

 Turn Worry Into A Constructive Process
  1. Use a note-taking app and create a new note. Name the note "Things that I worry about."
  2. List everything you worry about. Everything that you worry about goes on this list, no matter how small.
  3. Think of a solution for all your perceived problems. 
  4. Then, start executing. Do one thing every day that brings you closer to solving your perceived problem.
  5. Finally, don't worry about things you have zero control over -- those things you have to accept.

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Stress and cortisol levels

No matter what kind of worry you have, the response in your body is always the same: It increases your cortisol levels.

Cortisol compromises your immune system. As a result, you will become more susceptible to disease.

Also, stress and fear can cause depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, and burn-out.

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Know How To Perceive Negative Emotions

Know How To Perceive Negative Emotions

Severe chronic worriers are less accepting of their emotions, meaning they're intolerant of uncertainty and negative emotions.

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Ask The Right Questions.

Worriers can decrease anxiety by asking themselves the following:
  • Is it my problem?
  • Do I have any control over it?
  • Have I already done everything about it that I can? And is it imminent?

See Positive Outcomes

A worrier would likely only think of the worst-case scenario, while a non-worrier would have the capacity to think that there could be a positive outcome to a negative event.

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Worry is the cognitive part of anxiety, with it's repetitive and obsessive thought patterns in our mind. Worry is sometimes essential for us to solve problems or take action, provided we are not st...

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Stress is a biological response(or a reaction) to external changes and forces beyond one's resources. Signs of stress include a rapid heart rate, shallow breath, and an adrenaline rush.


Acute stress or temporary stress is normal and even beneficial. Chronic stress is linked to health concerns like heart disease and a weakened immune system.


Ways to Handle Stress:

  • Exercise daily.
  • Focus your energy on what you can control.
  • Know that your stress response is unique to you.

Anxiety

Anxiety is the culmination of worry and stress. It is a state of body and mind which is stressed and worried for no apparent reason, like a response to a false alarm.

An anxiety disorder is an acute form of anxiety and a serious medical condition.


How to Handle Anxiety:

  • Curb your sugar, alcohol and caffeine consumption.
  • Calm yourself by deep breathing and refocusing on your body parts.
  • Distract yourself by listening to music or a little exercise.
Stress, worry and anxiety can be helped by regular exercise, a nutritious diet and an ample amount of sleep.