When Is It Good To Worry?

Matthews 6: 25 – 26 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

What Is Worrying?

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The verb “worry” is to be anxious; it means to be concerned or nervous. When you worry, you feel uneasy. The noun “worry” is a problem that you keep thinking about and that makes you unhappy. The opposite of “worry” is to trust that all is well, to have peace of mind; fearlessness, courage, or calmness. 

When most people talk about worry, they may be referring to a pattern of repetitive negative thoughts about past regrets, current problems or anticipated future situations.

However, psychologists typically define “worry” as an aversive emotional experience that comes about as a result of persistent, unpleasant thoughts.

Physical And Mental Effects of Worrying

Everyone has anxiety from time to time, but chronic and excessive worrying can interfere with your quality of life. While perhaps most recognized for behavioral changes, worring can also have serious consequences on your physical and mental health.

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Physical symptoms of worrying include: low energy, headaches, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, tense muscles, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, frequent colds and infections, and loss of sexual desire.

If excessive worrying and high anxiety go untreated, they can lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts.

Mental: Generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, is a mental illness. It belongs to a group of illnesses called anxiety disorders. People living with GAD worry much more than other people, and they worry more often than others.

Should We Be Worried About These?

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Covid 19: The coronavirus, COVID19 is affecting 218 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances. Reports are that there are more than 67 million cases and the death toll over 1.5 million.

The Civid Vaccine: Currently, there is no evidence that any existing vaccines will protect against COVID-19.

The Ecomonic crisis: This year has seen global growth disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of the world’s biggest economies in recession. In June, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) World Economic Outlook projected global growth at negative 4.9% in 2020

Unemployment: Global pressure on wages from COVID-19 will not stop with the arrival of a vaccine, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned on Wednesday, coinciding with a major report showing how the pandemic had slowed or reversed a trend of rising wages across the world, hitting women workers and the low-paid hardest.

Food Crises: The GRFC 2020 reported the highest global number of acutely food-insecure people on record. It revealed that in 2019, some 135 million in 55 countries and territories were in need of urgent food, livelihood and nutrition assistance as a result of conflict, weather extremes, economic shocks, or a combination of all three drivers.

When you have control, worrying propels you to take action to prevent an undesirable outcome and keeps the situation at the front of your mind to ensure that appropriate action is taken. If you have no control then worrying will only hurt you.

The Good Side Of Worrying

Individuals who are overly worrisome are often criticised for being too negative and insufficiently optimistic. However, worry may in fact have certain positive consequences.

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A study found that the tendency to worry was positively correlated with job performance – but only for those individuals who had above-average levels of cognitive ability. In other words, worry benefited persons who were able to identify threats and had the capability to deal with them.

Rather than blindly hoping for positive outcomes, individuals who are both smart and prone to worry may ponder likely or merely possible problems and put plans in place to pre-empt them.

A separate study, published in the academic journal European Economic Review, explored the relationship between optimism and earnings in a sample of business owners. Entrepreneurs who had levels of optimism below the mean, earned 30% more than those who had levels of optimism above the mean.

The self-employed ordinarily have much more discretion in how they work than employees; consequently, it may be doubly important for self-employees to worry and be prudent – rather than recklessly optimistic – about the choices they must make.

Use Your Worrying Habit Wisely

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A moderate amount of worrying motivates planning, preparation and the prevention of negative outcomes. People who rarely worry may benefit from investing a little more time thinking through potential difficulties and worst-case scenarios to ensure they avoid disaster.

When you have control over a future outcome, worry illuminates the importance of taking action to prevent an undesirable outcome and keeps the situation at the front of your mind to ensure that appropriate action is taken.

Worrying must serve a purpose when you have a degree of control over a situation. When you have no control over an outcome, however, worry may have little practical value and be unnecessarily unpleasant.

You will worried less when you experienced a high degree of autonomy, that is, you are free to pursue projects and activities that you want to do rather than those you have to do.

Three Practical Steps

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When you are worried about things over which you have no control, you should take three steps.

First: You can keep busy by developing your competence and capabilities to boost your confidence. This can be a short term course to improve your knowledge or skills that you enjoy doing.

Second: You can make an effort to do some things that genuinely interest you rather than tasks you feel compelled to do. This will caused you to focus on what you are doing, away from what is bothering you.

Third: You should spend more time in the company of cherished friends, family and doing important and enjoyable things together.

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