Brrrring, brrrring, brrrring, brrrrrring. I ran to the phone just as the digital answering service clicked on. The caller didn’t say anything.
The caller ID read GA Tow Services. I dialed the number back and didn’t get an answer.
I was concerned but went to bed anyway. I tossed and turned for more than an hour.
Finally I got out of bed and walked quietly into the den and turned on the computer. Since I was awake, I figured I might work.
I felt anxious. My leg bounced on the foot of the computer chair. My thoughts raced as did my pulse. I couldn’t focus on the task list in front of me.
I tried the number again and still no answer.
Two hours passed. Did I need to call the police? Emergency rooms? I didn’t know what to do and I imagined the worst.
An hour later, I heard the heavy whine of a big truck outside. I ran to the window. I watched as a tow truck made the u-turn on the street across from my driveway. It idled for a few minutes and the passenger door opened.
A man climbed down slowly, from the passenger side of the truck. He looked unsteady on his feet. The driver turned and said something.
The passenger door closed a few seconds later. I realized who it was and relief flooded through my veins.
That’s the course of worry. First, the worry appears as a sense of concern and uncertainty. It rises and brings about apprehension, fidgeting, lack of ability to focus. It may or may not have a cause that is directly related to a specific event or circumstance, however, eventually you do gain release.
Moments of worry are inevitable. It’s fantasy to think you’ll never worry again. Yet if you’re a chronic worrier or someone who faces extreme self-doubt and anxiety brought on by your worry, you never actually experience the release.
Even though external events creating the worry were resolved, internally the worry still plagues you.
As a chronic worrier, you are constantly projecting yourself into a future with disastrous consequences.
If you’re derailed by self-doubt and the anxiety that comes from worrying excessively, there are people, situations, places and events which trigger you and keep you triggered.
If you’ve experienced this constant state of worry for 6 months or more, you may be dealing with Generalized Anxiety Disorder or (GAD). According to the Wikipedia, “in any given year, approximately 6.8 million American adults and two percent of European adults experience GAD”. (1)
If you find yourself constantly imagining the worst, anticipating disaster when it comes to family, health, money, job or other issues, you’re a chronic worrier.
Living with this exaggerated anxiety is like living life with little to no hope of relief, happiness or joy.
Chronic and excessive worry creates health problems, including depression, headaches, insomnia, muscle aches and tension and it lessens your immunity against infection and disease.
But you can learn and practice having a more natural course of worry.
You’ll worry less and you’ll start living more in the present. You’ll find more enjoyment in your current activities. You’ll experience better mental and physical health.
In this article series, you’ll determine just how much of a chronic worrier you are. You’ll explore what your worry patterns look like and where their roots are located.
You’ll practice techniques to help calm your fears and create your own personal road map to worrying less . If you stick with it, you can start living life almost worry-free.
Once each installment of the article is written it will be linked below.
Read on if you’re ready to break the shackles of your worry …