For most people, worrying now and then is innocent enough, oftentimes driven by legitimate and challenging life circumstances. However, if your worrying becomes more chronic, driven by insecurity and a compulsive attempt to control some aspect of life, then worry progresses from being a rather innocuous irritant to becoming the very fabric of anxiety and depression.
And don’t think of worrying as a purely psychological phenomenon. Our bodies can translate the stress and tension of worry into headaches, stomach distress, hives, insomnia, reduced immune-system response, and even heart attacks.
Whether it’s a susceptibility to catching a cold or even cancer, there’s no question that our bodies abhor worry. Although our controlling strategies are attempts to eliminate vulnerability, the unfortunate truth is that worrying turns out to be the dog biting its own tail, causing more harm than help.