(NaturalNews) Benenden Health in the U.K. has produced a worthwhile study that shows how invested we seem to be in chronic worry. According to the results, people spent an average of 14 hours a week brooding over their weight, poor relationships, the cost of living and other stressors.
Some claimed that the stress from chronic worry made it impossible for them to concentrate during work and other activities, only adding pressure to the situation. Let's look at the top 30 worries, top 10 symptoms of worry and the time people spent worrying, according to the study. Then we will discuss a specific technique you can use to sort out worries.
Here is the list of the top 30 biggest worries
1. Stomach/ being overweight 2. Getting old 3. Lack of savings/ financial future 4. Overall fitness 5. Overdrafts and loans 6. Low energy levels 7. Credit card debt 8. Paying rent/mortgage 9. Job security 10. Diet 11. Keeping the house clean 12. Finding a new job 13. Sex life 14. Generally unhappy 15. Wrinkles or ageing appearance 16. Whether or not I am attractive 17. Physique 18. Meeting work targets or goals 19. Does my partner still loves me 20. Whether I'll find or / are am with the right partner 21. Whether I'm in the right career 22. Friend or family issues 23. Parenting skills 24. Unhealthy reliance or addiction 25. Driving 26. Pet's health 27. Child's health 28. Dress sense 29. Worrying I'm ill but yet to be tested/ seek help 30. Partner is cheating/may cheat
Top ten symptoms of worry
1. Sleepless nights 2. Lost confidence 3. Arguments with partner 4. Reduced appetite 5. Poor performance at work 6. Distance from partner 7. Avoided a social event 8. Increased alcohol consumption 9. Got a bit paranoid 10. Nausea
Time spent worrying
14.31 hours per week worrying
744 hours worrying a year
45, 243 hours of worry in a lifetime
1,885 days of worry in a lifetime
5.2 years of worry
Around 45% of those studied admitted stress and worry had already directly affected their health.
What can you do about chronic worry?
A good first step is to identify what in your life holds real cause for concern vs. what you are worrying about unnecessarily, or out of habit. Take out a sheet of paper, make two columns. Label one column, legitimate worries, and write down things to really be concerned about based on real world evidence. Include the evidence in your list.
For example, are you worried about keeping your job? What is your real world evidence to support the worry? Did your boss put you on probation? Is your performance lacking? Were there cutbacks announced? Or are you just worried in general, with no evidence to support it? Be honest.
Label the second column irrational worries and include those things you tend to worry about but have no real world evidence for. These will probably include a lot of speculation about how things could go wrong in the future, if/then scenarios. For example, if the economy takes a another dive, then I will lose my job.
If you have any doubts about which column a specific worry belongs in, ask a trusted friend or two, or just imagine what a neutral party might say.
This exercise is usually eye opening for chronic worriers because they realize that much of their time is spent worrying about things that aren't real. The problem, then, is one of habit or attachment. If you grew up with a lot of uncertainty or emotional trauma, or under the guidance of a worrier, then you developed a familiarity with or attachment to the feeling of being out of control that goes with chronic worry.
These attachments can sabotage our inner peace because we live as if the state of worry is "home" and can't imagine life outside of it. Raising your consciousness around the issue is critical to overcoming it. This usually takes education. This free video on how psychological attachments result in self-sabotage is a great place to start.
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