Worry Can Wear Away at Your Health

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Worry Wears You Down

Worry will wear you down physically and mentally. Prolonged worry can cause serious health problems. So how can one who worries a lot learn NOT to worry? It may not be easy, but it can be done. You must commit yourself to a thought-adjustment!

Worried You Are Losing Control?

Worry wore this man downFeeling out of control (your life, your finances, work, family, etc.), feeling a sense of dread, and feeling inadequate are not only threats to your disposition; they are threats to your health in general.

When we feel more vulnerable, we are less likely to maintain healthy habits.  We turn to unhealthy and excessive behaviors to comfort ourselves, but the relief is quite temporary, while the health effects are lasting.

Stress and worry accounts for two-thirds of family doctor visits. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it causes half the deaths of Americans under sixty-five. Visit The Stress Factor to learn more about stress and our seniors.

See also: Easy Steps to De-stress

Try This for Starters: Breathe Right

Proper breathing is probably the easiest and most powerful way to protect your health. It results in better digestion and circulation, more restful sleep, decreased anxiety and a more stable heart rate.  Take deep breaths. Let your abdomen rise like a balloon as you inhale, filling it all the way. As you exhale, let your abdomen gently relax back toward your spine.

Researchers at Harvard University found that breathing slowly and deeply from the abdomen triggers a blood flow boost to the brain and up to a 65 percent reduction in stress.

Even when you are just sitting still or doing every day tasks, take deep breaths. It helps keep you relaxed, which helps you worry less.

For more information on breathing properly, see Breathing Technique for Emotional Detox

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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