What? Me Worry??
Stresses can be good motivators. We have “healthy” stresses that make us get up every morning to go to work, care for family, and take care of the necessities for life to continue. However, undo and prolonged stress has the opposite effect. Worry is harmful physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. That person that cannot let go of things that are out of one’s control and live with giving attention to the things that we can do productively will find themselves suffering from many disorders and sorrows. Recently, I found an article on the internet about worry. The article was entitled, “How Worry Affects the Body”.
Chronic worry and emotional stress can trigger a host of health problems. The problem occurs when fight or flight is triggered daily by excessive worrying and anxiety. The fight or flight response causes the body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol. These hormones can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel. The hormones also cause physical reactions such as:
Difficulty swallowing Inability to concentrate
Dizziness Nervous energy
Irritability Dry mouth
Muscle aches Fast heartbeat
Muscle tension Inability to concentrate
Headaches Nervous energy
When the Lord created us, a part of His design is that we would sense urgencies in life to get us moving toward getting those done. However, any gift or ability can become an albatross that becomes a burden rather than a blessing. For most of us, worry sets in when we hear reports of national, local, community, or personal news that we feel unable to “fix”. When the sense of despair sets in and we are not addressing or cannot address that which is a concern, we begin to imagine all kinds of things that will happen that are even worse as a result. Before we know it, we are prisoners of our own thoughts and imaginations. No level of reasoning from others seems to help. Worry creates daily woes that no one can help us to dispel for we feel that we are beyond the help that is offered.
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.