It’s important to take care and maintain good health. Healthy living, regular checkups, and proper nutrition are key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Over-involvement with health problems can lead to a vicious cycle of health concerns. A health issue can be resolved by another. After a while these worries can become overwhelming.
In the end, an individual will realize that health anxiety is affecting their quality of life. An anxiety that is persistent and intrusive over daily life must be addressed. You must first determine the reason for this behavior, what it serves and how you can stop it.
Reasons to Feel Anxious About Your Health
When one digs deep enough, health worries can be seen to serve a purpose. This can often be explained by the brain avoiding certain emotions that the individual finds difficult to address.
Many emotions are overwhelming. For example, anger, grief and fear. The brain is constantly looking for ways to distract. This is because if one is worried about their health intensely, it leaves little space to deal with the upsetting emotion.
Health concerns are as common as any other thought. This is a perfect distraction from unsettled emotions. If one worry is resolved it can be replaced by another to hide the unresolved emotion. Each health concern serves an important purpose. It hides the upsetting emotion, making it much easier to deal with over time.
Recognize the problem and admit it. The first step toward resolving the issue is awareness.
– Consult your primary physician to confirm that there is no physical reason for your concern. Be sure to rule out a physical reason before you assume it’s just health anxiety.
– Observe that health concerns tend to settle when you become passionate about another topic or get drawn into a new career, job or cause.
Identify your patterns. Are there twinges in your symptoms? Do they often move from one part to another? Do you feel like you are judging physical intrusions too much and immediately jump to the conclusion that they signal danger or warrant attention?
Find interests that encompass your whole being. Do things that require little introspection. Boredom does not cause true illness. True health issues don’t generally occur in the same time frame as health concerns. Boredom and lack of interest lead to health concerns that are more intense. To be an intelligent person, you need to set goals and take on challenges.
– Activities are a great way to prevent health problems. Move and exercise stimulate the mind, body, and spirit in a positive way. If activity is part your daily routine, endorphins are released naturally and Serotonin level are increased. You can achieve positive results by walking, running, swimming or dancing in moderate amounts.
Good nutrition is crucial for good health. This in turn helps reduce negative thinking about health. Serotonin levels increase naturally when people eat right. Blood sugar levels also remain stable. This helps calm an over-reactive brain, which leads to a decrease in health anxiety.
Talk back to your mind and tell it to stop allowing health worries to enter your head. Because you always have the power to change your mind about what you think, shift into a more positive outlook.
The mind will immediately stop thinking about negative thoughts and begin to calm down. The brain is immediately embarrassed when it sees this behavior and suspends the cycle of negative thinking. This is comparable to a child being caught with their hand in the cookie jar. This intrusive behavior will be stopped by embarrassment upon being caught.
– Pay attention to “what if?” thinking. You may have strong health anxiety if you find that most sentences begin with “what-if”. Switch from “what if?” thinking to “so…,” and you will see the cycle change.
Above all, remember that worry does not solve anything. Health worries in particular will only lead to the exhaustion and depletion of both mind & body. If you are determined to make a change in your thinking, you can transform your life. You will stop being victim to fearful worry.
You always have the right to make a decision. If you can change your perspective to be more positive, life can be amazing and fulfilling. You always have the power to make a decision. Don’t be defined by worrying thoughts. Avoid being a victim of fear and health anxiety. Your life will change from being stressful and upsetting to easier and more fulfilling if you make a few adjustments to your thinking.