Don’t Worry, Be Happy?

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Worry plays a large part in all our lives. The degree to which it effects us varies, but it’s always there in some way. In most cases, it’s a normal reaction. Worry can help prompt us to make much-needed changes. It can also alert us to aspects of our lives that need attention. But, when it gets extreme, worry can lead to anxiety. This crippling problem can affect every aspect of our lives. It can cause us to worry about hypothetical situations in an unnatural way. We’re going to look at a few of the most common causes of worry, and what you can do to stop them getting out of control.

HEALTH

There’s not a person alive who doesn’t worry about their health. Before we see a doctor, we blow the smallest issues into massive worries. This is especially the case now online diagnosis is such big business. Many of us avoid seeing a doctor and hit the net to diagnose ourselves. The main problem here is that the internet isn’t a health professional. It can’t see us to diagnose us. So, it offers a general list of possibilities. And we, being the worriers we are, always pick the worst case scenario. We then avoid going to the doctor because we don’t want to face the bad news we’re sure is coming. It’s a self-perpetuating cycle. The best way around the problem is, of course, to see your doctor. Chances are, they’ll ease your worries straight away. If that’s not an option, download a Doctor App, or sign up for an online chat with someone who knows what they’re doing. However you get it, you need a professional diagnosis. It’s the only way to reassure yourself.

FINANCIAL

Money. We never have enough, and it causes us endless worry. Even if we manage to scrape by, we worry something will happen to throw our finances to the dogs. If this is a problem that keeps you awake at night, the best thing you can do is save. Having some safety net savings behind you will help you rest easy. You’ll know that you have a backup should anything happen. Knowing what you’re spending and when can also put your mind at ease. Once you have a better grip on your finances, you won’t need to give them a second thought.

THE FUTURE

The future. It’s the most elusive worry, and so the hardest to get a grip on. Everyone worries about the future sometimes. We wonder whether we’re on the right path. We worry about how we can get to where we want to be. If this sounds like you, don’t panic. The best thing you can do is stop thinking about the future altogether. Worrying about it isn’t going to get you any closer to your goals, after all. Practice mindfulness, and start living in the moment. If you spend too much time worrying about the future, it’ll be here before you’ve had a chance to improve your situation.

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