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What to Do When You Can't Stop Worrying

By Sandy Schroeder

We have all been there. Work piles up, a child gets sick, extra bills pop up, and worry joins the party. If you are paying attention, and of course you are, worry can happen anytime, but how do you manage it? That’s the trick that we need to master.

Worry can run right into anxiety if we let it, according to Dr. Mark Wiley in Easy Health Options. He tells us the wisest course is to get a grip on it before it is allowed to settle in and become anxiety or a panic attack. When worry takes a much bigger bite out of life it can become a general anxiety disorder, according to Wiley.

Understanding what is happening and dealing with the issues before they get that far makes the most sense.

The National Institute of Mental Health lists these symptoms of a generalized anxiety disorder.

  • Becoming quickly tired
  • Feeling constantly hyped up, agitated
  • Finding it hard to focus, blanking out
  • Very irritable
  • Tight muscles
  • Unchecked worries
  • Sleeplessness

How to Cope

As you deal with worry, try some hands-on ways to cope.

Write it down – Carry a notepad, jotting down how you feel, what worries you the most, and what you are doing about it. By writing it down you may offload some of the impact, and help you sort through it.

Exercise often – Walk, jog, or bike several days a week. Or try a yoga or tai chi class.

Breathe deeply – Whenever you need to, meditate or do deep breathing exercises.

Rest often – Create a sleep haven, and simply rest with a cup of tea or a book.

Be thankful – Look around to help others. Reach out to help anyone that you can. Give your loved ones an extra hug. No matter how many worries you may be harboring, if you look deeply you probably have lots to be thankful for.

Eat healthy – Replace burgers and fries with fresh fruit, crisp vegetables, handfuls of nuts, lots of water and healthy teas. Add low fat dairy, healthy oils, fish, poultry and lean meats as you look for tempting recipes. Hold the sugar, fats, caffeine and alcohol down.

Stay in touch – Reach out to those around you. A warm hug from a close friend, a thoughtful message from a former co-worker, or a quick call from a nearby relative can do a lot to broaden your perspective.

As you work on your worries, be open to the resources that are out there. If your worry or anxiety does not subside promptly with these efforts, you may need to see your doctor and a psychologist to address the issues. Don’t wait. Call your doctor or go into Urgent Care or ER for a prompt assessment.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebr.

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