Sometimes most people worry because they have this idea that the more you worry or think about a particular thing, the easier it is to get a solution. WRONG!!! Worrying sucks up your energy, your desire to be productive, and even sucks out the life out of your libido. It ultimately leads to stress, and while sometimes stress can help you rise to a challenge when your body goes into a fight or flight mode, daily stress can mess with your mind and body in serious ways. Check out these symptoms of worrying and how to mitigate the side effects.
- IT MAKES YOU EXHAUSTED: Aside from the fact that your anxiety might keep you up all night, freaking out triggers your brain to release the hormone cortisol into your blood stream. This helpful chemical quickens your heartbeat, gives your brain more oxygen, and releases extra energy to help your body deal with that stress. But frequent stress can cause your brain to limit the amount of cortisol it sends into your blood stream, which can make you feel sick all day, every day. The good news is that about three hours a week of working out should keep those hormone levels in check.
- IT MESSES WITH YOUR LIBIDO: It’s not a secret that when your mind is in another place, it can be hard to get in the mood to get busy. But that’s not the only way stress impacts what goes down between the sheets. Chronic worrying can impact your body’s production of estrogen, which keeps your reproductive system in working order. When that happens you could feel a drop in your sex drive. In times of stress, concentrate on eating healthy diet and cutting back on processed foods to help ease this symptom.
- IT UPSETS YOUR DIGESTION: Those knots in your stomach could mean more than just an uneasy feeling. Chronic stress can impact the hormones released by your thyroid glands, which regulate your metabolism among other things. If these hormones get off track, it can lead to constipation. When you’re feeling this symptom, drink lots of water, increase your fibre intake, or take a laxative if you need to.
- IT MAKES YOU BREAK OUT: When you’re really freaking out, the level of sex hormones called androgens in your body spike, causing acne to flare up. You can try using topical treatments when they occur. In addition to zits on your face, stress can also show up on other parts of your skin in the form of rashes. That’s because anxiety wreaks havoc on your Immune system, which can make eczema act up or cause skin infections like staph. Visit the drug store for topical treatments to help with those issues or speak with your doctor if the symptoms get worse.
- YOU CANT REMEMBER ANYTHING: Traumatic stress, meaning stress that occurs when you feel a threat to your life or a loved one’s life and feels like intense fear or helplessness, seriously impacts your hippocampus, the area of your brain where your memories are stored. This kind of stress causes the hippocampus to actually shrink, making it tough to remember facts, lists, the entirety of an event, or long gaps of time( from minutes to days). Plus, damage from stress can make it hard to create new memories.
Always remember that worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, but it empties today of its strength. Have a blessed day!