Are You Suffering Ill Health from the Vice of Anxiety?

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Worry can cause inaction and illness (Image: Mk1_FIESTA/Pixabay/CCO)

What is worry?
The Oxford Dictionary defines worry as a state of mind in which one “allow[s] one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.” Worry can also be described as a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems. Here we find out that what you are worrying about may just be potential problems.


Should One Worry?
Every normal person should have a degree of worry. If you cannot worry then you are a lesser human being. You have a degree of abnormality in you. Why do I say this? Our minds have been made in such a way that one has to feel uncertainty over some things. Let me illustrate here. Supposing, you are called to deliver a speech to a very large congregation at the spur of the moment. You become uncertain what you will say and how the other people will take your speech. It is only when you begin and see the appreciation in the eyes of the congregation that you begin to relax and feel all is at rest. However, too much worry is not good for your health.


What Worry or Anxiety May Do to You
• Worry or anxiety can make you forget what to say, what to do or even how to behave in a certain situation. You may sweat and forget all that you had planned to do or say. One may behave in an awkward manner in such instances. Stop and talk to yourself. Say you can do it. Once composed then you can continue.
• Worry or anxiety is the cause of many ailments. Stomach ulcers, diabetes and high blood pressure can be ignited by worry. That may be the reason why the great physician Jesus of Nazareth preached about not worrying. He knew many die due to worry and anxiety. Avoid things that make you worry. Delegate duties to others who can do it on your behalf. Do not heap all things on your shoulders. They will weigh you down.
• When you worry too much you will not be able to do anything. You will keep on moving in circles without really doing any tangible thing. It is like the sailor who was shipwrecked on an island and had one hundred and one things to do. He wanted to build a shelter, look for food, find out if the Island was habited and some other many tiny things. By the time hee was rescued he had done nothing and was almost dying of hunger. Plan your work well. Do things in order of priority. Let no worry distract you.
• Worrying can cause headaches and fatigue. You find that you are too tired to do anything. Relax. Do something less strenuous. Do exercise. Go for a walk. Remember Christ said that we should never let our hearts be troubled. We should simply believe in God and in Jesus. God has all of us covered. He cares for us and knows all our needs. He is the sole provider too.

We have to remember that our health is more important that what we worry about. Take care of your health. Worry and anxiety can kill you.


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  1. Kyla Matton Osborne

    Worry and stress are indeed linked to many illnesses. And today we even know that certain hormones are secreted when we are anxious. It can be harmful to live in a chronic state of stress, and yet there are many who can’t control their circumstances and who do live that way every day. PTSD is linked to that kind of chronic stress, as much as to an extreme trauma during a time of war or calamity.

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne

      I wouldn’t recommend tranquillizers except in a very extreme moment. But there are some things that help, including mood elevators, meditation, yoga, etc.

    2. Kyla Matton Osborne

      Yoga comes out of India. It’s a complex system of many disciplines, but ost people think of it as just Hatha Yoga. That’s the physical poses that are inspired by animals and used to promote good health in people. There’s a lot of stretching and balancing involved. And, of course, correct breathing too.

  2. Rex Trulove

    You are very correct, the bible mentions in many places that we shouldn’t worry, we should put it all in his hands and let him deal with it. It is human nature to worry, though. My daughter also suffers from anxiety. She’s bipolar and the anxiety is part of the result.

    1. @stbrians meshack bwoyele keya Post author

      I pray for your daughter. It is ionly God who can do that for her. You are right preacher. So you say that the greatest tranquilizer is in God, salvation, believing and doing?

  3. Gina M. Menorca

    You are right. I worry too much about little things. I always think of tomorrow. but, I live a happy life even if I worry I entertain, myself like my writing. this is my release.

  4. Gil Camporazo

    Worries are inevitable as long as you live normally. Problems in life are myriad. Some are simple and some are complicated. The degree of worry determines the condition that your body is affected.

  5. Treathyl FOX

    Sometimes an illness strikes us and we have no control over. Good health is a blessing from God. If you have it use it for His glory and to show your thankfulness. Worry and anxiety is something we can control. So don’t worry and be anxious because you make yourself sick and wreck your health.

    “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

  6. Tania K Cowling

    I definitely worry to much — and come to realize that this worry is not solving problems. I agree with the other posters that we need to keep our minds busy with pleasant things. And to physically exercise our bodies to allow the good hormones to overcome the bad ones secreted when anxiety strikes.

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