Often times, we mistakenly claim that we are anxious when the reality is we are worried.
Although both elements of emotional imbalance lead to stress, each condition has a different makeup and could be treated through completely different approaches.
What then is the difference between worry and anxiety?
Worry is a state of mind when one tends to over think of what might happen “if” or what “what will happen next”. The innate desire of human individuals to know what is going to happen is a constant variable that creates worry. In a way, worrying is a normal part of being human. A healthy dose of worry keeps us on our feet; putting us in constant recognition of what works the best for us and those who we are supporting and thus acting upon these options.
However, there is such a thing as over-worrying. It usually spurs from over-thinking.
When there is too much going on in our lives, we tend to over think. The desire to have a comfortable life; to be able to provide for our children not only of what they need but of what they want; to give our old-age parents the kind of comfort they deserve and so on and so forth.
I remember one speech I heard where the speaker mentioned how people think of matters way before they happen. Some spend years of overseeing the future and preparing for those expectations today that their present dealings and relationships are overweighed with such concerns that are largely unnecessary.
As pointed out earlier, a good dose of worry is good, so much as a good process of thinking creates good results for an individual. However, over thinking takes on whatever strength we have and affected whatever reserved motivation there is and drains everything way past its limits.
True, anything more than the recommended dosage is bad for our health; hence, overthinking can never be good for our mental state.
Too much worry weighs down a person’s thinking capacity as well as his physical condition.
When worry becomes a regular part of one’s daily life that it is already overpowering the capacity of a person to handle daily tasks, then anxiety comes into the picture.
Anxiety often occurs subconsciously.
Often times, a person who is doing well within a particular task would suddenly feel a surge of blood and a strong pounding of the heart; this could be classified as a classic presentation of an anxiety attack.
Anxiety comes in as a reflex reaction to situations that are most often than not unrecognized by the person experiencing it until it gets full blown that it already creates unavoidable physical reactions.
The full-blown result of too much worrying trains the brain to become fully reactive to situations even before they happen. This causes the subconscious mind to react to the condition of presumed events.
When anxiety takes over, a person becomes incapable of handling pressure effectively; panic is the usual response which creates more problematic issues.
The evolution of transition between worry and anxiety could be better understood through the series of personal response mechanisms described in the following dialogues:
This is the classic “worry” stage…
This is the ” I want to stop thinking, but I can’t” stage
This marks the transition stage between worrying towards worrying too much that it becomes a daily battle for the person experiencing it…
When overthinking becomes a daily battle, it can start affecting not only your mental but also your physical health. Take note that the body is one functioning machine. With this in mind, it is just reasonable to accept that when the mind has too much to process, the body tries to compensate. When this happens daily, it is easy to get tired of the consistent cycle of uncertainty and fear of possibilities.
Worry and anxiety are two different elements of both emotional and mental response that humans undergo when they are faced with challenges. When we are placed in situations where we are not comfortable in, our mind tends to respond according to how we trained it to do so.
The way the mind is trained takes a huge role in the way we face worry and anxiety.
A good realization could be derived from this understanding though; if a brain could be trained to panic, then it could also be trained to calm down.
Question is, how? A short response would be: “Being Well is a Personal Decision”.