Archive for June 8th, 2011
If you are reluctant to give up your worry habit because you think that it somehow helps you, run through the disadvantages involved:
1. Fear will limit your lifestyle if you make a habit of avoiding anything which might lead to anxiety. Furthermore, if you worry about your own performance, you increase the chance of failure! Anxiety can disrupt many activities: sex, examinations, acting, to name but a few. Forty-three percent of New Yorkers restrict their lives out of fear of becoming a crime victim: over one third of this group say fear restricts their activities a lot.
2. Worrying about a problem also blocks you from solving it. Instead of doing something you just keep stewing.
3. Fear may lead you to avoid important realities. Getting early medical or dental treatment can save you pain, whereas leaving it may cost you. It might be comfortable now to put off the pain of changing your diet and exercising, but it won’t be comfortable in the long run.
4. Consider what anxiety and tension do to your body. They can cause stomach ulcers, heart problems, breathing difficulties, high blood pressure, loss of energy and other physical problems. Worrying can keep you awake at night — it drains emotional energy. Your fear won’t do anything to make tomorrow better, but it may disable you today. This is one of the main drawbacks of worrying about the future: it disturbs you in the present, whether or not the things you fear ever come to pass!