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What worry and anxiety can do to your health?

Updated on November 5, 2013

Do you worry excessively?

Do you worry excessively? Worry and anxiety can have a negative impact on your health. You may be surprised to know that worrying affects your health in more ways than one. Most of our physical ailments are linked to our thoughts. When we become overly concerned about a problem or situation a feeling of unease starts creeping in our minds and this can lead to excessive worrying.

Worrying can lead to high anxiety and even panic in some cases. People who worry a lot have a feeling of impending doom and this leads to unrealistic fears. If anxiety is the normal reaction to any problem you face in your day to day life it can interfere with your appetite, relationships, job performance and sleep.

When you stop worrying endlessly you may be able to see a significant improvement in your overall health. You may be able to cope better with stressful situations and this can help keep the level of distress and depression at a low level.

Negative thoughts do not let you execute your plans and when you start replacing them with positive thoughts and attitudes you may be able to achieve what you desire, The benefits that you get when you stop worrying are not just physical but also psychological and this can help improve your life.

Top 5 effects of worry and anxiety on your health

1. A host of health problems can be triggered if you worry constantly about the problems and situations you face daily. Stress can cause the nervous system of the body to release hormones known as cortisol and these hormones are known to increase blood sugar levels and blood fats.

2. The physical ailments that can cause considerable damage to your health due to worry and anxiety include headache, fatigues, fast heart beat, muscle ache and tension, irritability, trembling, sweating and nausea. If you do not pay attention to these telltale signs of anxiety it can result in more serious health issues like heart attack, digestive problems and memory loss.

3. If you do not treat worry and anxiety at the earliest it can lead to depression and in some cases it may even lead to even suicidal thoughts.

4.The demands and pressures that we experience each day can lead to stress and this in turn can lead to anxiety and worry. When you let worrisome thoughts occupy your mind you may not be able to think clearly and this can affect your ability to take important decisions.

5. You may be surprised to know that most people do not pay attention to the causes of their physical ailments. Due to this the symptoms get treated but the cause remains. This often results in people suffering from health problems repeatedly.

You may be able to lead a healthy lifestyle when you stop worrying unnecessarily. All that you need to do is to have positive thoughts so that you are less critical about yourself. You may be able to difficult situations in a realistic manner and this can help you come up with good solutions.


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      Rahul Shariff 4 years ago from India

      Made thanks for your comments. Most people do not realize the ill effects of worrying too much till it is too late. Positive thinking can help you lead a happier life.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      I agree. I have been in this situation myself recently and one of my friends recently had a depression because of all worries. Many people don't know about these things. Good information!