Worry refers to the thoughts, images, emotions, and actions of a negative nature in a repetitive, uncontrollable manner that results from a proactive cognitive risk analysis made to avoid or solve anticipated potential threats and their potential consequences.
As an emotion “worry” is experienced from anxiety or concern about a real or imagined issue, often personal issues such as health or finances, or external broader issues. It’s a natural response to anticipated future problems. Most people experience short-lived periods of worry in their lives without incident; indeed, a mild amount of worrying has positive effects, but with excessive worrisome people they overestimate future dangers in their assessments and in its extremities tend to magnify the situation as a dead-end which results from stress. Chronically worried individuals are also more likely to lack confidence in their problem-solving ability, perceive problems as threats, become easily frustrated when dealing with a problem, and are pessimistic about the outcome of problem-solving efforts.
Seriously anxious people find it difficult to control their worry and typically experience symptoms like restlessness, fatigue, difficulty in concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbance.
- Improved health
- A greater tolerance for handling stressful situations.
- Improved problem-solving skills and solving problems in the moment.
- A greater sense of mind-body connection.
- Improved social skills with existing family/friends and when meeting new people.