March 4, 2012 2:41 AM Subscribe
How do I stop worrying all the damn time?
posted by murtagh to health & fitness (26 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 26-year-old, reasonably healthy male. My life is not bad. Could be better, but no complaints. My problem is that I keep worrying all the time. About everything. Stuff that may have happened, stuff that will never ever happen, everything. For no apparent reason. Even if there is no real reason to be worried, various imaginary situations play themselves out in my head, even absurd ones. I get really stressed about everything—to the point of being paralysed—and I don't know what to do about it. I've always been a bit of a worrier, but it's getting much worse the older I get. Now it's even starting to affect my work. The only thing that can temporarily turn off the thoughts is watching TV shows or reading a good book, so I immerse myself in those things and neglect my work for days on end. Weeks, even. Of course, that's only temporary, so I'm flooded with guilt about not working and get more anxious about money, etc. But I don't know what I can do to stop worrying so much and being so anxious all the time. It feels like it's getting out of control. And for no reason. And I feel like I can't talk to anyone about this, because no one I know is as stressed out about stuff.
I'm just not sure what to do. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.