People Who Worry Too Much
We all worry from time to time, but for some of us, anxiety becomes too large a part of life. If you’re reading this page, you may already think you worry excessively. If you’re still wondering whether or not your worrying is a problem, you can ask yourself the following questions to help you decide:
- Do worry and anxiety keep me from sleeping on a frequent basis?
- Do worry and anxiety keep me from enjoying people or activities?
- Am I so concerned about how I’m being perceived that I am uncomfortable or self-conscious around people?
- Do I drink alcohol to feel calm and in control and sometimes drink to excess?
- Do I work, eat or shop too much to avoid my thoughts?
- Do I experience my worry as anxiety or panic, causing symptoms such as a racing heart, shortness of breath, dizziness or shakiness?
- Am I afraid to speak up to others even when I have a legitimate complaint or need because I’m afraid of how they will respond?
- Do I replay situations over and over in my mind, worrying that I did something wrong or that someone else did something to me?
You Are Not Alone
According to The New York Times reporting on a study by Liberty Mutual Insurance, two out of five Americans say they worry every day. Worry that brings us to a solution can be productive but repetitive worry robs us of peace. Worry can develop a life of its own. You may find that certain types of situations trigger worry and that when one worry is quieted another takes its place. Many people feel that worry will help them feel safer but in reality most of what we worry about never actually happens. People who worry too much often feel tortured by their own thoughts and seek relief through avoidance of situations, excessive escape through substances, shopping, or too much screen time. If you find that you worry too much, know that help is possible.
Worry comes from many sources and takes many forms but whatever its form or source, excessive anxiety robs us of joy, makes our lives difficult and has a negative impact on our health. If you are a worrier, know that there are ways to free yourself and to feel more in control of your life.
How I Work With Worry:
Working with worry involves understanding the nature and source of the worry, working with thoughts to make them less scary, working with the body to help it relax, working with life situations to make them better, and working with energy to clear fears. Many people who come to me say, "I know I shouldn’t worry so much about this, but..." If you’re one of these people, or you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, please call. I enjoy helping worriers find a better way of being and to minimize their fear and anxiety.