While it is obviously important to keep an eye on our health, becoming obsessed with being healthy can easily get out of hand if we let it. Ironically, continually worrying about your health can lead to poor health – and it ends up being a very vicious cycle that is almost impossible to get out of. Of course, looking after our health is a priority, but how do we do it without becoming anxious? Let us take a look.
Step away from the search engines
If we have a symptom, one of the first things we do is search for it on Google. Yes, I am guilty as well! However, this is a guaranteed way to exacerbate our fears. While it is good to have an interest in health and be knowledgeable about at-home cures, it is better to rely on experts and doctors!
While there are a few reputable sites to find peer-reviewed research and resources on things like the benefits of IV therapy, there will always be a bunch of armchair experts and social media doctors who like to tell you about things that they have found or been told by ‘Dr. Google’ – and it’s not necessarily true or accurate. It’s always a good idea to stay away from these.
Seek professional help
If you are someone who worries on a constant basis, you really need to break the cycle. Chronic worrying can be helped with cognitive-behavioral therapy., or CBT. CBT is a talking therapy that begins to shift your brain to think more positively. Professional assistance, such as this, can help you in gaining a new perspective.
Why not try a useful exercise where you can begin to track how many times you think a negative thought. Something just as simple as this could be eye-opening. (I have to really watch myself here, I can go down a rabbit hole of negativity!) If you find that you have been thinking so many negative thoughts throughout the course of a day when you previously considered yourself to be a positive person, this could be a wake-up call to encourage positive change.
Go to the doctor
It may seem obvious, but if you are concerned about your health, having regular checkups can be the best way to stop your worries. If you are concerned about your health, having a medical professional do a check-up on a regular basis is the best way to put your mind at ease.
As we get older, we may start to develop certain illnesses. However, having a regular health checkup once a year or every six months can provide us with the sense of security we need to go on with our lives. Finally, doctors can give us very sound advice, but it all comes down to us doing what we are told.
It is critical that we take care of our health, but we should not overdo it. It is all about striking that delicate balance between health and happiness. Worrying about our health will cause stress and will not benefit us in the longer term. Fix the things you can change, and try not to worry about the things you can’t!