Worry is toxic to the brain! Here is how to control it and prevent it from becoming a full-blown case of anxiety!
Physiologically speaking, in humans, the emotional component is older and more powerful than the rational one.
Therefore, it is useless to try to fight a mechanism that is inherent in the human condition.
The problem is that often our thoughts, conscious or unconscious, distort this balance, altering the chemistry of the brain and causing a constant state of worry and alarm.
This condition is absolutely toxic, so we must learn to think and worry in a "healthy" way.
Being in a perpetual state of tension, sadness, and depression ends up exhausting all our psychophysical resources, making reality appear much more oppressive and more difficult than it really is.
One enters into a vicious circle of anxiety, so the real cause of anxiety almost no longer matters! Instead, all the unreal superstructures that have been created and that have distorted our perceptions take over.
If you suffer from insomnia, you end up worrying a lot about the quantity and quality of your sleep, and this anxiety will only aggravate the fact that you are not able to sleep!
When stress levels become too high, there is also a cognitive degeneration, with negative effects on concentration, memory, understanding, and ability to make decisions.
According to a research study carried out by the University of Cambridge, the key is not to stop worrying about everything, but rather to learn how to do it in the right, natural, and useful way.
A good approach can be, for example, analyzing one's thoughts, dismantling them piece by piece, realizing that they are often irrational and not linked to real motivations.
We must never register reality on an emotional level, making decisions in the wake of our feelings. Emotions must be a resource to keep in touch with our inner self, but choices must be made on a logical basis and after careful consideration.
Another strategy is to let off steam, express oneself, freeing emotions and trying to understand them.
Usually, an emotional reaction is only the tip of the iceberg. It is an alarm bell for something more, that lurks deep inside, and that has been causing distress, most likely for a long time.
Therefore, worrying, in a healthy way, means in essence, to make one's rational and irrational part collaborate - and not place them in opposition!
When you do that, then you can exploit your emotions to your advantage, as a mechanism that helps you to behave proactively and constructively.