Are you a chronic worrier?
Do you believe if you worry about things it will
somehow help you to be better prepared if things
go badly…like some form of future insurance?
Well, I hate to give you something else to worry
about, but not only does that not work,
worrying is really bad for you!
And not just a little bit bad.
Really, really bad.
As in, it’s going to affect your health and
your weight and your medical bills bad.
How Can Worrying Hurt Me?
Unless you are in a literal life or death situation
where being able to outrun someone to survive
is what’s going on, you don’t want to engage your
“fight or flight” stress response.
Worrying does that needlessly.
And once it is engaged, stress hormones including
adrenaline and cortisol are released into your
bloodstream and begin to affect all of the major
organs of the body.
What Do Stress Hormones Do?
Your stress hormones boost blood sugar levels in
your body as well as triglycerides (blood fats), which
would be fabulous if you had to fight or outrun a
predator, because your body would have more
fuel available to run on.
But prolonged periods of elevated stress hormones
can cause serious long-term consequences including
immune system suppression, digestive problems,
muscle tension, memory loss, coronary artery disease,
and heart attacks. Chronic levels of stress hormones
also make it really hard to maintain normal weight.
Time to Stop the Worrying
There are more than enough good reasons to stop
worrying. Now you have to put forth some real effort
into learning the methods that are effective to stop!
Cognitive therapy is very effective, as is learning
how to meditate, for changing the way that you
perceive and respond to stressors in your life.
There’s no time like the present to learn a better way
to deal with stress…for your body and your mind.
Change Without Worrying
We are working on Chapter Four of A Year to Change
this week, which is all about learning how to stop
worrying about things you have no control over
and focusing your energies on the things you do.
Switching from Outcome-oriented ways of changing
things to more Process-oriented ways is your exercise.
Don’t forget to work on this and get ready for some
real change to begin to happen.
Without having to worry about it!
Come and join us…you’re not too late…
it’s always the right time to make positive change!