According to WebMD, if you fret about everything from your health to whether there’ll be another terrorist attack, you could be worrying your life away. You probably already know that it’s affecting your mental health, but it’s also bad for your physical well-being. Worriers are more likely to have all kinds of health problems - including irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, fatigue, and aches and pains. So, here are some suggestions that’ll help you break the cycle and regain your life, from the Web MD experts:

  • Recognize that a little bit of worry can be a good thing. If there IS a threat, then there’s something to worry about. The question is, how much is too much. If your worry is interfering with your life and causing you to suffer - it’s too much.
  • Make a list of your worries and divide them into productive and unproductive. A productive worry is one you can do something about. For example, if you’re worried that airline fares will go up before your summer vacation, get online and make reservations now. That way you can get a good rate. Unproductive worries, on the other hand, are ones that you can’t do anything about. Losing sleep over the chance that you might get cancer is useless.
  • Remember - it’s never as bad as you think it’ll be. Most anxiety and worry is all about anticipation, and the “what ifs” are always worse than how you feel when something actually happens. Worriers actually tend to be good at handling problems. So, keep in mind that when something DOES come up, you’ll be able to cope.
  • Talk about the things that worry you. This can help you get to the root of your problem. People have a need to understand the causes of their anxiety - and if you dig deep enough, sometimes they’ll even go away for good.