As society grows, our life expectancy has also increased. Being young today means access to a world of information, and it’s no excuse to continue with harmful habits as we should all know better by now. When the knowledge gap closes up, it also means constant reminders of how we can live better, be healthier – and even live longer if we just follow the protocol.
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as this and the lack of control combined with all of this new knowledge can easily trigger an unhealthy dose of anxiety. A regular headache grows in our mind to become meningitis, we fool ourselves to believe that anything is a sign of something worse – and the anxiety grows.
Here are a few words of advice from the experts out there, making it easier to manage our health worries, accept our lack of control, and regain a sense of calmness.
Pay a visit to the doctor
First of all, and no matter if you have reason to be worried or not, you should book an appointment with your doctor. It’s important to do this as, even though you feel in yourself that you might have exaggerated these symptoms, a doctor can offer guidance and comfort.
He or she is able to listen, take you seriously and consider your symptoms. As you talk, it’s natural to mention other things that have been worrying you lately – and you might even notice that by mentioning the loss of someone close to you, the anxieties and worries you’ve been having are rooted in actual grief.
That people have health concerns after seeing someone else fall ill is something doctors have seen many times, and you won’t be the first person in her office with anxieties like these. Talk it out, go back home, and notice how that voice of concern has been slightly silenced.
Regulate your checking behavior
While a quick visit to the doctor is the first step towards a calmer self, your next step is to reduce the amount of time you check your symptoms. If the visit is positive and your doctor tells you there is nothing to worry about, remind yourself about this the next time you experience anxiety.
Rather than feeding the beast by heading online immediately to look up your symptoms, slowly start to reduce this instead. Remind yourself on how a lot of people with a serious diagnosis often receive compensation, support groups, and guidance that makes it a lot more likely that you too will be able to overcome a challenge like this.
If you’ve made a habit out of checking every symptom you have, it’s important to know that stopping with this completely is going to be tough. It’s a habit, after all, and they don’t usually leave just because you tell them to. Spend a bit less time on reading about symptoms and health, until you have gradually decreased it enough to eliminate the behavior.
Change your thinking
To change the way we think is, of course, a lot easier said than done. It is necessary, though, and not as hard as you might think if you put your mind to it – literally. As mentioned, media and society, in general, tend to make it easier for us to catastrophize scenarios; if a negative outcome is to occur, we’re quick to think it will be devastating. Just like, if we notice a symptom, we tend to jump to conclusions and assume the worst.
You need a voice of reason to mingle with that anxious voice, and the best way to do this is to get that visit to the doctor over with right away. When you something triggers your anxiety, ask yourself if you’re jumping to conclusions and if what you’re thinking is a fact – or an assumption.
Think about the times you’ve had health problems in the past and overcame these and consider whether you’re underestimating your ability to cope. Spend some time on feeding yourself positive outcomes of health problems, and remember that even when people receive a diagnosis, they often enjoy a long and able life thanks to modern medicine.
Where asbestos exposure may entitle you to financial compensation, the best cure for anxiety is to change your thinking. It will take a bit of time, and the best way to speed things up is to stop avoiding reminders of illness and death.
Talking about the illness you fear, for example, is a great way to do this. Find yourself a family member who is willing to listen or pay another visit to your doctor. You’ll take the fear out of these visits and become more open about your worries – which, again, opens your mind to different ways of thinking.