by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac

Worry can only serve you well if you worry and recognize that a plan of action is needed, in a stressful situation and then you act on it.

Sympathy and nurturing are traits that make up an earth personality, but excessive worry becomes a state of restlessness and agitation, producing mental uneasiness, foreshadowing, anxiety, and painful uncertainty. The “what if” syndrome is a constant pattern that is played out in the mind of someone who worries too much. The emotional aspect of earth can carry a deep sense of emptiness. This tends to make worry or over thinking even worse. This downward spiral creates a destructive behavior that makes the earth personality seek out constant reassurance and a sense of neediness. Worry is a destroyer of the soul. Left unchecked, worry lends itself to hysteria.

Every system in your body is affected by worry. It affects the respiratory system and aggravates asthma. Since the lungs are related to the skin, it affects the skin by causing rash, itching or hives. It affects the circulatory system raising blood pressure, increasing blood clotting and your risk of heart attack and stroke. Muscle tension can lend itself to headaches, back and body aches. Of course, the related organ, the spleen and stomach, will increase stomach acid, affects your intestines and can lead to stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas or heartburn. Since much of the immune system is apart of the digestive tract, there is growing evidence that suggests chronic worry can compromise your immune system, making you more vulnerable to bacteria, viruses, and perhaps even cancer.

Stop The Worry

1. Worry is a vicious cycle that you create. Stop the mental chatter. Think about something else. IF you say to yourself…”easier said than done”, then you have already given up. You have already blocked yourself from trying!!!

2. Get active in something else: Do volunteer work, clean the house, interact with a charity, church or community group.

3. Work with those less fortunate: This often shows you how lucky and grateful you should really be.

4. Issues of control: need to be let go of. “I trust that everything will work itself out the way it should be”. This should be your mantra. Trust can be a powerful and giving action. “Everything will be okay”!

5. Talk Therapy: whether it is with your best friend, a therapist of a perfect stranger, sometimes expressing your concerns is all you need to get it out and on the table.

6. Do something you enjoy: preferably with a friend. Someone who can show you reality. A friend can ground you and show you the fun you are lacking and the worry, which consumes you.

7. Exercise: is one of the best ways to push through stress, anxiety and will make you sweat, burn calories and improve feelings of depression.

8. Calm your mind: by doing some deep breathing, yoga or meditation. Close your eyes and put your mind into a tranquil, peaceful setting that allows you to wander and invite a sense of serenity.

9. Know the difference between a situation over which you have control and one over which you have no control. This will make all the difference in how you handle something.

10. Let go: If you have done all that you can do to rectify your situation, it is time to leave it in greater hands. The Universe truly takes care of your needs. You simply have to ALLOW this to happen.

It can be very helpful to start a journal. Journaling is very cathartic and a great way to look at your thoughts on paper, in order to find a solution! Start your Worry Free Journal here.

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