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Stop worry

The bad news ranges from covid, to rising prices, to World War 3. Most people worry about small things each day and naturally move on. However, some people cannot move on and find themselves continuously worrying which is exhausting. Are you in the cannot switch-off the worries group?


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Everyone worries and it usually passes. It can feel like a racing heart, being sweaty, shaky or short of breath. Too much worry changes behaviour, such as becoming being too careful or having trouble concentrating or sleeping. It can affect up to 5% of adults, with more women being affected.

The antidote

For those who over-worry, there is no easy cure. Start by cutting down on the amount of alcohol and caffeine drunk. Then try the following:

  1. Schedule time to worry. By limiting worries to a specific amount of time, you stop dwelling on them. If you worry outside of this time frame, then keep it for dedicated time.
  2. Talk about your worries. Discussing worries with understanding family or friends can help you think about possible solutions.
  3. Mindfulness is being aware of, and giving attention to, the present moment. There are various formal ways to practise mindfulness, such as yoga, tai-chi or meditation.
  4. Avoid what-ifs. Worst case scenarios are highly unusual, and no one can predict the future. The ability to risk assess is impaired by worrying.
  5. Do not avoid worries. Focusing a little time to really think about the worries can help to solve them.
  6. Look at the bigger picture. Thinking about the situation from someone else's viewpoint can make it easier to come up with a plan to remove the worry.

Worrying is the body's natural reaction to a perceived danger by giving a rush of adrenaline to react to the fight or flight response. For severe cases, treatments range from behavioural therapy (CBT) to medicines such antidepressants. For some people worry makes them breathe faster, leading to further anxiety. Using simple breathing excercises calms the mind and removes the neagitve thoughts.

ChildMax continues to ensure your salary and pays your take home salary while you’re on 12 months’ unpaid leave, caring for a sick child. It starts from £49.50 or for easy budgeting an initial payment of £8.25 followed by 11 monthly payments of £3.75.

Important: if you or a family member over-worry, then speak to a medical expert, such as your GP.

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Date: 04 April 2022 by Max Robinson