Constant Worrying

Constant Worrying

Constant worrying may seem normal to you. Maybe you think you’re just a worrywart sort of person, or you just think it’s normal to be concerned over everyday things. However, constant worrying is actually a huge problem, and it may even be the symptom of an anxiety disorder. When is constant worrying a problem, and what can you do about it? Here’s what you need to know:

When is constant worrying a problem?

Any type of constant worrying, really, is a problem. If you find that you’re always anxious about something and are never able to get away from your anxiety or to get a break from it, then you definitely have an issue with worrying. Sometimes, the problem is short-lived, as it might be if you’re going through a particular rough patch in your life that’s causing you to have lots of extra stress. However, if you find yourself worrying consistently for more than a few weeks at a time, you may have an anxiety disorder, such as generalized anxiety disorder.

Constant worrying can also be a problem if your worry is more like vaguely anxious or nervous feelings that you just can’t get rid of, or if you’re worrying about issues you can’t fix in the first place. If you can fix problems that you’re worried about and then stop worrying about them, you’re pretty normal, though you may be more prepared than most people. However, if you’re worrying about things you can’t foresee, fix, or change, or if you’re just experiencing low-level feelings of anxiety that don’t have a real target or focus, then you could have a serious problem with worrying.

What can you do about worrying?

If you’re experiencing consistent problems with worrying or anxiety, then you may need to get diagnosed for an anxiety disorder. However, before you see a physician, consider using some of these techniques to try to get rid of your worry. If they don’t work, then it’s time to see a psychologist to see if you might have an anxiety disorder that could be ruining your life!

  • Try fixing the things you’re worried about. Many times if you’re worried about something specific, you can make a plan of action or be prepared for an eventuality because of the worry.  If you’re worried about money, for instance, you can set a tighter budget or find some ways to bring in extra cash so all the essential bills get paid. Once you get your plan of action going, you should be able to stop worrying.
  • Tell yourself to worry about it later. If you’re concerned about problems you’re already in the process of fixing or problems that you have no control over, write them on a “worry list.” Then, worry about them later – literally. By telling your mind you’ll worry about the problems later, you can trick yourself into not worrying about them at all.
  • Give yourself a little bit of time to worry. If you need to, set aside half an hour a day when you’ll let all your worrying thoughts into your brain. That way, you don’t spend too much time worrying, but you might still be able to find some potential issues that you can fix before they become bigger problems.

If these basic techniques and other relaxation techniques don’t work to help you overcome your constant worrying, you should definitely consider seeing a therapist about the problem, as your constant worrying may be a symptom of a larger anxiety disorder. These disorders are completely treatable, but you will need help to work through the issues that are underneath your constant worrying.