Any Other Chronic Worriers Out There?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Today was a rather stressful day. It won't be the last one over the next month or so, as I have procrastinated on a work-related project that can't be procrasted on any further (I totally made up the word procrasted).

The husband always says there's no sense worrying over something that you have no control over. It is what it is. But tell that to a lifelong professional worrier! I am the same chick who wastes gas in the vehicle rushing back home because I thought I might have forgotten to turn off the coffeepot; only to find that I did indeed turn it off and was freaking out over nothing.

In fact, one of the hubby's oft-said phrases is, "See? I told you there was nothing to worry about!"

I firmly believe the scientific findings that worrying and stress causes weight gain and prevents weight loss. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. When we are under stress our body senses that there's a threat. Since it can't tell the difference between a physical threat and old-fashioned worrying, it assumes it must be a physical threat and goes into self-preservation mode.

I know what that means: self-preservation all over my backside and thighs!

I can see myself looking at my body in the mirror and saying, "Yep, there's my boss. There's the car payment. And that bulge right there is my mother-in-law,"

Sometimes the only way to escape the daily stress it to paint it in a funny light and laugh at it. I know reducing stress isn't a wonder solution to fat loss, but has to help at least a little.

My biggest stress reducer is exercise. No one ever says after a workout, "Man, I wish I hadn't done that!"
I'm more like, "Hello, my name is Vickie, and I'm an endorphins addict."
If there's one thing that depression has taught me, it's 'Progress Not Perfection'. Running around like a chicken with its head cut off is only going to make me feel crazier. I do what I can and try to enjoy as much of my day as possible.

So are there any other chronic worriers? What do you do to help you relax?
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    I'm a worrier too! Yes, the coffee pot, the hair curlers, the stove, the iron.........pathetic. What I do now before I leave the house check each "hot spot", usually touch it so I can verify that it is off. It does come down to a fear of fire and I think I know where that came from in my youth. I have been able to loosen up lately, but then......I am semi-retired! One would hope a semi-retired person could do that!! I like the endorphins addict comment. Works for me also.
    You have a cute sense of humor.....had me laughing........a great stress-reliever by the way!!!!
    2667 days ago
    Another chronic worrier here. Everytime something happens in my business, I'm sure I'm to blame and I worry about where the next check is coming from even though we are doing well. I worry about taking a day off. I worry about what will happen next month. I know how you feel.
    2667 days ago
    @Stonecot Are you sure you haven't been spying on me? emoticon I make lists and schedules for EVERYTHING. It comes in handy for things like grocery shopping and the family finances, but for other things, not so much haha.
    2667 days ago
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    I am not a natural born worrier, but I have lived with two people that were. Both of them were in their own lives power control freaks. Not over other people, but they liked to be in control of their lives at all times. Scrupulous planning meant that there was no room for the random acts of fate, and then they worried half to death in case they had missed something! emoticon
    2667 days ago
    Hi. I am a chronic worrier. What I have learned to do is....roll with it. I use deep breathing when I need to calm myself down. I remind myself that my flat iron has an automatic shut off and the house will not burn down. I try to plan my time in such a way that I'm on top of my work but still do a lot of it at the end (I'm also an adrenalin junkie) after it's been percolating in my head for a while. And then the biggest revelation of them all was to find out that nobody else cares other than me. So I let go where I know I have no control, workout to get rid of the stress, breathe and move on. Good luck!
    2667 days ago
    I worry about a lot of stupid stuff but it's usually related to kids! LOL! sometimes, I count kids and If I'm short one, its usually because she's standing right beside me and that's not where I'm looking! Sheesh! Give me a heartattack! Anywho, it happens and I hate to say it, but stress is inevitable. The only thing we can control is how we deal with it... I still don't know how to deal with mine!

    2667 days ago
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