Are you a worry wart?

By: Sep 19, 2011

We all worry sometimes, but here are some signs your worrying could be taking over your life.

Worrying is a fact of life. In fact, if you don’t worry about a few things, life doesn’t make much sense. After all, when you care, you worry. However, there is a point when worrying too much can become distracting, or worse, affect your health negatively. Learn to recognize if you are a worry wart and some steps you can take to stop worrying and start living.

Second Guessing Routine Behaviors

Do you find yourself wondering as you drive to work in the morning, if you left the iron on?  Do you ever lie in bed at night and toss and turn because you can’t remember if you turned the stove off after making dinner? These thoughts occur to all of us from time to time, but not every day and certainly not after every routine experience. If you find yourself questioning every behavior, or second guessing every routine you normally follow, you might be a worry wart. Try to be confident in yourself. Trust that you are an informed adult who knows how to use dangerous equipment properly and can remember how to put things away or shut things off. If you cannot stop worrying, make a list. Before leaving the house or work, check the list and confirm for yourself that you have done everything you needed to do.

Anxiety Comes Quickly

Another behavior that results from excessive worrying is anxiety. Do you find yourself overreacting or reacting first and thinking things through second? Anxiety is an emotional response that can be difficult to deal with and at times, even scary. Often, anxiety can be treated with medicine. However, you want to avoid having to take a daily pill to relieve your worrying. Make an appointment and see your doctor. He may have some breathing exercises or stretches that may make worry-related anxiety less severe or less frequent.

Always Assuming the Worst Case Scenario

Do you typically believe the worst is about to happen? Unfortunately, many people go through life thinking something terrible is just around the corner. If you find yourself thinking this way, stop and think. Try to make a mental list of the actual facts that led you to thinking this way. If the worrying is unwarranted, you will realize it when you cannot seem to put together a decent list. Sometimes just writing down your ideas on paper can help you see more clearly.

Dysfunctional Behavior

Are there nights where you cannot sleep because you are worried sick? Have you ever felt as though worrying is actually interfering with your life and work environment? These are signs that worrying is excessive. Again, you can seek medicine, but explore the reasons behind why you constantly worry and you may have better luck resolving the issue. Try relaxing before bed time by reading a book or drinking some herbal tea. Take a long bath and make a transition from the daily grind to your evening routine. You would be amazed at how a stress free environment can lead to calm in other areas of your thinking.

Worrying is common and most people do it from time to time. However, when worrying interferes with your life or causes you to feel ill, you may have a problem. You may be a worry wart. Learn how to reduce stress, relax and think things through. It’s okay to worry sometimes, as long as you do it smart.