“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” ― Corrie ten Boom
Worry occurs when we feel threatened. According to David Ropeik, most people don’t know how to worry, and our brains worry first and then think second.
Worry, to possible threats to our well-being. The outcome of worrying is chronic anxiety and depression which leads to physical problems.
Where does worrying originate?
• The limbic system of the brain is linked to emotions and consist of amygdala and hippocampus. Worries are stored in the central core of the amygdala, and this is where the fears of spiders, dog’s, darkness and speed, for example, derives from.
• The hippocampus is the section of the brain where threatening events are changed into memories. An interesting fact is that the hippocampus is smaller in people who went through trauma and or abuse. These people tend to worry more as they have flashbacks and explicit memories of the events.
How to overrule the limbic system to ensure you worry less?
This could be tough but will lead to amazing results.
There are ways to manage your worries.
• Seek support from a professional. This is important as worries can change into depression and anxiety. In the event that you don’t want to seek professional help ask someone guidance and assistance that has the ability to help.
• Work on your self-esteem and build your confidence. Make sure you understand what people are saying and clarify if you don’t. Secondly, don’t surround yourself with people that make you feel bad about yourself. Find someone that is understanding and compassionate.
• Control your emotions through deliberate strategies. Identify your behavior. Is your heart racing, palm sweating? Now that you have identified emotions put a strategy in place on how to handle the situation. Talk to someone, write it down, if you read it back to yourself the situation might not be that bad. According to the notion of self-efficacy, people can change their problematic behaviors. If they believe that they can take control of a situation
• Change negative thought into positive thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy is how we feel, think and act. (Cognition, emotion, and behavior) Our thoughts determine our feelings and behavior. Develop the skill to understand and control your emotional response.
Our goal shouldn’t be to dismiss worrying entirely but instead make it a healthy, manageable part of our lives.
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