The Devastating Imacts of Chronic Worry
What do you worry about? As moms, we tend to worry about everything. Not only do we worry about finances, work, and relationships, we also worry about whether we feed our child enough vegetables, or if our kids brush their teeth good enough, and when will they ever stop peeing on the floor.
Seriously, my kiddos are 4, 7, and 8 and I still have to clean up pee at least once a week. Why is that?! Secret time, I was coughing tonight and almost peed my pants. I guess I shouldn’t get too upset about it.
Nope, still drives me crazy to walk in and see a wet patch of carpet or a stain on the sofa.
So, you worry about yourself, you worry about our significant others, and you worry about things that will happen with your kids 15 to 20 years down the road. Does it keep you up at night? What can you do about something that hasn’t happened and won’t potentially happen for another 10 years?
Maybe you should stop worry about what is going to happen years down the road and focus on today. You can’t control the future, but you can impact today. By focusing on today, you will reduce your stress and anxiety. There are serious consequences to chronic worry.
Chronic Worry Can Lead to Physical Illness:
• Weakened immune system – Every time you touch something you manage to come down with some viral apocalypse that leaves you with bodily fluids trying to break out of your body in all directions.
• High blood pressure – Dizziness, pressure in your head, or feeling faint are signs of high blood pressure. The consequences of long term high blood pressure are serious, so don’t ignore these feelings.
• Ulcers – Gnawing pains, heartburn, and other unpleasant stomach pains can be a a sign of ulcers.
• Increased heart rate and heart palpitations – Your anxiety is already being triggered by worry, and now your heart is getting into the mix. This does not help. See panic attacks.
• Panic attacks – See increased heart rate and heart palpitations. Just kidding! Panic attacks are no laughing matter and will result in a drastic increase in the worry department. You will fear that you are having a heart attack or you are going to pass out and leave your children scared and alone not knowing what to do. Not exactly a pleasant experience.
• Cardio-vascular problems. Don’t mess with your heart and blood vessels. My husband has been a walking time bomb because of worry and stress.
• Diabetes – Worry and stress increase your blood sugar and can eventually lead to diabetes. You don’t want to end up having to stick your finger or give yourself shots. They hurt.
• Gastrointestinal problems – You’ll either find yourself running to the bathroom or wishing you could go.
• Insomnia – If the exhaustion and sleeping for hours on end doesn’t get you, you could end up on the opposite side of the spectrum and staring at the alarm clock for hours, watching each second tick by, as you dread getting up in the morning and doing it all over again.
• Skin problems – Eczema. Stressed induced red patches that itch. Like you need something that itches or stands out to make you feel better about yourself.
It is normal to worry at some point in your life. It is necessary to your survival. However it is important to realize that you could be worrying too much and to figure out how to combat it before you find yourself riddled with health problems.
The consequences to chronic worry are serious. It is time to focus on the present and not be living in the past or in the future. You can only impact today. Let tomorrow take care of itself. You’ll have plenty of time tomorrow to worry about tomorrow. Get some sleep!
How do you handle chronic worry? Does it keep you up at night?
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