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    Are you a worrywart?

    challenge posed by Brenda Cobb 12 days 7 hours 39 minutes ago

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    Are you a worrywart?

    Are you a worrywart? Do you constantly fret about everything? Do you believe that you are worrying your life away? The dictionary’s definition of a worrywart is a person who worries too much or who worries about things that are not important.
    Over-worrying can affect your mental and physical health. Have you ever made yourself sick from worry? What is the silliest thing you have ever worried about? Do you think there is a genetic component to worrying? Was your mother or father a worrier and now you have the same worry habit? Do you believe that worrying ever solves anything or helps you in any way? Or, do you think worrying is a big waste of time. I have heard it said that worrying is like praying for something bad to happen. Do you believe that? If you used to worry but now you have overcome the worry habit, how did you do it?

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    Hi Brenda, I am not a worrywart. My father was head of household and I looked up to him alot. He never worried, or atleast, we weren't aware because he always seemed to have a grip on problems that arise. Daddy always found a way.

    As a Christian, I don't believe in worrying because God will take care of me. I've seen it happen time and gain where if I'm thinking about something for too long (worry) I would pray and a peace would come over me. Soon after I could expect the answer to my worry.

    I once heard a preacher say Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but gets you no where

    MORAL is don't worry about a thing because every little thing is going to be alright.

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    Hey Brenda,

    Yes, I'm indeed a worrywart. I'm so bad that worrying becomes a chore that sometimes makes me forget about what I was worrying about in the first place and I end up not doing or completing something important. The problem is because I just don't worry about one thing but somehow find myself simultaneously worrying about many stuff.

    The good thing is I don't worry about everything, at least to the same level. I worry about some stuff more than other stuff. There are instances where I have worried that I am worrying my life away. But most often than not, this worrying helps me to do stuff properly and keeps me somewhat focused in what I have to do.

    I'm not a person who worries about not so important stuff, I'm more the former who worries more about stuff that are important. For instance, little OCDs include rechecking the forms that are important and contain sensitive information and that which I have signed.

    Also, it stands to question what I may rank as important and what others may think about it.

    I agree that over-worrying makes you sick. Often when I find myself worrying during exam week or something, I tend to catch a fever.I am tired and sometimes worrying gives me headaches. The silliest thing I have worried about would be the accuracy of completed forms that I have already checked that too.

    I don't think there is a genetic component to worrying but more of an upbringing component. If you are used to seeing your parents fret a lot in front of you, you may also end up worrying a lot.

    My mother is a bigger worrywart compared to my father who is such a cool guy and my sister takes after him, lucky her!!!

    Worrying to an extent helps me to not be complacent and work harder than usual. But when it goes beyond a limit, it can be disastrous.

    I don't think worrying is praying for something bad, though there have been times that something bad has happened whilst I worry about it. I just classify that as good intuition so that next time I worry about something, I know there is a good chance that it may happen and can work towards not letting it happen.

    I used to worry a lot more.Now I have overcome the habit to an extent because I have adopted the philosophy that whatever's going to happen shall happen. I am focusing more on what can be done to thwart it and not worrying about something that has happened. That attitude also significantly cuts down my worries.

    Life is short. Enjoy it :)


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    I used to be somewhat of a worrywart. I think it was attributed to my anxiety disorder. I take medicine for my anxiety and no longer am a worrywart. I do think the underlying issue to all of my constant worrying was due to anxiety, which I do believe is genetic. I think I may have gotten it from my dad's side of the family.

    Back when I used to worry all the time prior to taking medicine, my worrying would cause me a lot of distress. I worried about life, my kids, work, my relationships, my family, and practically anything and everything under the sun. Not only would I worry, but I would worry about the worst case scenario.

    My worrying, which was caused my anxiety was definitely affecting my well-being and my daily life. That is the reason I sought medical help.

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    Hello Brenda!

    Hope you have as nice weather where you are as it is here!

    No, I am not a worrywart. I try to avoid fretting about everything in my life. I generally only worry about the big things, but, even then, I tend to focus much more energy on resolving the issue than worrying. Worrying is a waste of energy that distracts you from actually solving your problems or issues.

    Yes, I have made myself sick from worrying, and I refuse to let myself do that nowadays. At one point in time, after the fire in the home I was living in, I made myself sick from worrying about replacing my clothes, where I was going to stay, and how I was going to get through it. It took a huge toll on me, mentally and physically, and I refuse to let myself go there again (never over something small).

    The silliest thing I've ever worried about is my make-up and hair for prom. Definitely was nothing to stress about.

    Neither my mother or father were worrywarts, and I know, for sure, that I am not. I do not know if there is a genetic component to worrying, but, I know for a fact that upbringing DEFINITELY has a component to it.

    I do believe that worrying is like praying for something bad to happen. Worrying too much invites negativity into your life, which affects your action, which, in turn, can cause adverse situations to befall upon you. Negativity is always something one should shy from as much as possible.

    Worrying does not help, ever. Like I said, worrying is a drain from the energy that you can apply to fixing your problems. Focus on what you have to do instead of stressing about the outcome. You will find that the outcome is much better when you don't distract yourself. I have never had to overcome being a worrywart, but I know from worrying about things in my life that it DOES NOT help the situation. Do what you have to do, and what will be, will be.

    Have a wonderful night!


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    I am now since I am in Nursing school. I never worried so much till I started this venture.

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    I'm a worrywart at heart! I'm like my dad that at times gets annoying!

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    Yes, I am indeed a worrywart and have learned that it's one of the main symptoms of depression/anxiety. I went to the dr. and was Dx. with both. I come from a long list of worrywarts. I worry about everything from being on time for my coworkers benefit to worry about sleeping too much or too little. It's something I have been dealing with and seeking treatment for years and would love some feedback as to what you all have done to subside with worry.

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    Yes! I love this question! Personally, I think that everything will just work out. In life, I believe that if you just try your best and have good intentions then everything will be just fine! I take this outlook not only because it makes me less stressed about things like deadlines and homework (which you should still do and turn in on time) it also describes me as a person. I like to be more laid back and "chill" and I think that that way of acting will make everyone appreciate me and my philosophy just that much more.

    Great question Brenda! I know that everything will just work out fine for you! So to everyone reading this, if you're a worrywart or not, step back and really look at the big picture!


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    Hey Brenda,

    Yes I would say that I'm a worry-wort, but I really just put it on myself because I am almost constantly stressed out. I have a million things going on in my head and there have been some stressful events in my life recently that haven't helped anything. My mom is the same way, so I think I picked up my worrying from her. I really don't think worrying has ever helped me with anything and has actually caused me more difficulties than it has ever helped me. My biggest goal in life is to stop worrying about everything, but I'm constantly wondering if I'm forgetting something or that I'm being weird, etc. It's just hard sometimes to not worry about things, and I sometimes do feel like I'm worrying my life away. One day I'll be worry free, but until then I'll just keep working on it!

    Have a great day!

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    I don't consider myself as a worry prone. I've learn already that what's going to happen will happen and worrying have done nothing for me except gives me stress and anxiety. So whenever I find myself in a situation where I'm worrrying or going crazy I just take a deep breath and remind myself things will work out the way it is meant to be like it always does.

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    I would not consider myself a worrywart. I do not sweat the small stuff! There are too many important things happening to worry about school gossip or work gossip. Do I worry at times about my parents health, oh yes. But I do try to step back and worry less. If I worry too much I could make myself sick and I would be no use to either of them.
    I try to take time out of each day and do something I enjoy. In the past I have worked so hard at a job that I lost weight. It’s not like I minded losing weight but that job was not healthy for me. I worked so hard with no supervisor support. I asked for help. I was told I could not be helped. So I quit! That was the best thing for me! I did not have a job lined up but I had big faith and I got a job in good time.

    Great day to you Brenda and to all the commenters.

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    Hello Brenda,

    I don’t consider myself a worrywart. I think it’s natural for everyone to worry, but the problem lies when the person is consumed by the worry and as a result becomes ill. Some things in life are beyond our control and all you can do is try your best next time. Personally, I have never made myself sick from worrying. If I worry, I always look to the man upstairs for guidance and everything usually works itself out. The silliest thing I have ever worried about was forgetting to take my stinky trash out. It happens, sometimes I’m rushing to work in the morning and I forget. Hey, what’s the worst thing that could happen, your house may smell? LOL!!!! I don’t think there is a genetic component to worrying. I think it depends on the person and their personality. Everyone was created different. Some people are relaxed, some are worrywarts, and some just don’t let anything affect them. I admired my mother and father growing up because I’m sure they worried about a lot of things but always did a good job at hiding their emotions from my siblings and I. Like I said above, worrying is natural, but I don’t think it helps the problem. I feel handling all problems with a cool level head is always the way to go. Being physically ill because of your worry is not a good feeling. Thank you for the question!

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    Hello everyone,

    Let me just say I am a major worrywart. As I should say I was one, I am constantly thinking how can I do this today without wrecking that tomorrow. Should I put this much money into savings to help me later or finish helping myself now

    I honestly do not remember the last time I was free from any worry. They highlight of my worrying started as soon as high school started. What if I was going to have bullying? Would I make the varsity volleyball team? Would I fail a class?

    Eventually the worrying started to affect my school work making my worries a reality. I had to sit back and realize I did not need to worry as much about the little things in life and then everything started turning around for me.

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    I find myself every once in a while worrying about finances and how I will need to adjust my budget for different things, and sometimes I tend to worry to much. But now that I am getting married, I find that just talking with my fiance about finances seems to help curb the worry and allow me to have a positive outlook on our future.

    I think I use to worry more when I was younger, my mom was always a worrier. However, when I got to high school and started to mature I definitely saw a shift away from worrying about what others thought of me and felt happier about life going into college and my career.

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    Hey Brenda!
    My dad is a worrywart. He always was concerned about money and expenses. It made me feel like we were poor. As I grew older I found out that we were actually pretty well off. Not ultra rich or anything but upper middle class of white Americans. All in all, D'd say we were pretty well off. But because my dad always worried so much, I grew to hate that part of him. I vowed to never be like him in this respect.

    I can't say I have fulfilled those vows but I am certainly a big improvement in that regard. I don't worry about money as much. I still am pretty concerned about it mostly because I have very little but I still try not to bring it up or think about it controlling me as much as I can. I think it's pretty unhealthy to be constantly worrying about money and life problems. There will always be problems, there will always be things to worry about.


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    When I first started college, I constantly worried about my final grades because I wanted to do really well and not look like a failure. When I took a Precalculus class (which is a class that introduces you to the basics of calculus), I had a really rough time, especially because I didn't get a lot of the concepts and neither did a majority of the class (except for those studying in the fields of engineering and physics). After I took the first exam of the semester in the class, I worried so much about the grade that I came home a bawling mess and feeling like I was about to have an anxiety attack. Turns out, my grade wasn't so bad, and it was kind of better than the grades of some of my classmates, who had completely bombed the test and got scores as low as 20%. In the end, I passed the class, and looking back, I do think it was kind of silly that I was worrying to the point of having an anxiety attack when I was doing okay compared to others.

    I don't think that worrying is so much of a genetic component as it is an environmental one. If someone is living in an environment where there is a lot of worry (how to pay the bills, financial difficulties, health concerns, and so on), it could possibly move on to other things. My mother often tells me that I worry too much about things, but I see them as logical things to worry about, though after some talking, I do see that I don't need to worry so much about certain things, but I wouldn't consider myself a worrywart. I think worrying can be helpful, because if someone worries enough, they that could trigger them to take action about it and it could hopefully make things better. The habit t hat I have developed when I start to worry is to make some plans. I don't make one plan because if it falls though, I'll need a backup plan, and that often makes me feel better because I know that if something happens, then I'll know what to do.

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    I used to be. But I put everything in God's hands and know that I can only be concerned about things that I have control over.



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    Hi Brenda,

    I think I used to worry more as a kid (yes, a kid). I was very methodical about how I ate, did homework, slept, studied--everything. I used to worry about silly little things all the time, but I think I've largely overcome that. As an adult, there's very little I worry about, or at least, I make every effort to not stress about little things. I'm a pretty laid back person, and I don't really get along with worrywarts very well. My goal is always to take things in stride, but it's sometimes hard to not take on the stress others try to push upon you. I truly believe that worry is not genetic, but can be learned from authority figures or prominent people in our lives, and therefore CAN and should be overcome. It can destroy your mental, physical, and emotional health, and wears down the body incredibly. It's not easy to get over being a worrywart, but it's a process every worrier should embark upon and finish to the end.


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    Hey there Brenda,

    I am a worrywart. I constantly worry about many things that eventually lead to my current anxiety. For example, I didn't develop arrhythmia until I started the university and started to worry about the little things like "Am I going to see my friends right now?", "Will I see my friends in my classes?", "Am I dressed properly for the university?", etc etc etc. Recently, I stopped worrying about my friends and instead started worrying more and more about university related issues. It's not a good feeling and now that the year is over for now at the university, I'm trying to relax, but I know that my worrying will come back as soon as I return to the university for another 3-4 years.

    Hope you have a nice day or night wherever you are :)