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Worrying Can Effect Your Health - Here Are Five Damaging Ways It’ll Impact Your Life

Worry is an unavoidable part of life. Everybody has something to worry about, whether it’s your kids, your job, money or politics.

Moreover, worrying is a natural part of life. Worrying is basically just anticipating what might come next, and is a key part of the human ability to adapt and make plans. If we humans didn’t worry like we do, we would not have survived as a species.

If worry becomes all consuming, however, it can interfere with decision-making, which leads to second guessing and a kind of emotional paralysis. Too much worrying can even lead to serious psychological conditions such as anxiety disorders.

Also keep in mind that worry doesn’t just cause emotional damage. The stress caused by worry takes a notable physical toll on the human body in the various ways described below.

Insomnia

Almost all of us have lost sleep due to worrying about something in our lives, but if losing sleep becomes frequent, it can lead to serious physical consequences.

Not getting enough sleep over an extended period of time often results in physical and mental damage, and it also seriously impairs intellectual functioning.

Worrying can also cause your libido to drop off, which can, of course, ramify further into relationship issues.

Digestive Problems

Many people describe worry as including a feeling of tightness or heaviness in the stomach, like everything in your gut has been tied up in a knot.

Medical research has shown that worry and anxiety do indeed have an impact on human digestive systems, and may eventually lead to problems such as heartburn, ulcers, and even weight gain.

In the prehistoric days, perhaps the greatest cause for worry was not having enough food to eat. It therefore makes sense from an evolutionary perspective that we store reserve weight when we’re stressed.

Damage to Hair and Skin

Stress is known to lead to the release of the hormone cortisol, which can cause acne breakouts and other problems. Adrenaline, another stress hormone, has been shown to be connected to hair loss.

The catch-22 of the entire situation here is that a breakout or hair loss often leads to more worry and stress, and a negative cycle can become established.

Worry-related personal habits such as chewing your lips, biting your nails, grinding your teeth, or tugging on your hair can also have a negative impact on your appearance.

Memory Issues

Worrying is a double-edged sword when it comes to memory and cognition. Although worry enables us to think about and prepare for problems, too much worrying becomes a problem in itself, with the worry taking up all the conscious bandwidth and making it hard to focus on what is going on in your life.

For example, if you’re worried or distracted, you’re less likely to remember where you put your keys, or to remember to pick up your dry cleaning on the way home, ultimately leading to yet more stress.

Heart / Cardiovascular Problems

Worrying and stress are major contributors to heart disease. Adrenaline, the hormone that produces the high-energy feeling to fuel the “fight or flight” reaction, is converted to cholesterol, notably boosting the risk of heart disease.

Medical experts also highlight that worrying may lead to heart rate and blood pressure increases, which can eventually develop into more serious heart and circulatory issues.

Source: Little Things
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