With or without autism, it’s natural to worry about things. It’s part of being human, we worry about a job interview, we worry about the what ifs, but what if those thoughts are with you daily? What if you struggle to clear the mental clutter in your head, the bad thoughts and general anxiety, then what?
Negative thinking and constant worrying can take its toll on our emotional and physical health. Anxiety can sap our emotional strength, leave us feeling restless, can cause stomach aches, muscle tension, headaches and can make it difficult for us to concentrate. It’s also easy for us to take things out on the people closest to us.
It can be a symptom of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (‘GAD’) a common anxiety disorder, which means we get to deal with tension, a general feeling of unease and nervousness. It can also be a source of depression.
There are things we can do to challenge and turn off our anxious thoughts. Write your thoughts down, then make a mental note to pick up your thoughts later. The more you write your thoughts out, the more they will lose their power, or hold over you.
Whether it’s anxiety you deal with, or you’re a worrier, choose a set time during the day and make that your go to time, to work through your worries. During that time, you’re allowed to think about whatever is on your mind, but it is important you make the rest of your day a worry-free zone.
Worrying is a habit that can be broken. We can all train our minds to stay calm so that we look at life from a more balanced perspective.