By | Danny Trifone | community.thriveglobal.com
Human brains are designed to worry.
Scientists believe our brains evolved to worry because it helped us stay alive. If an early human wasn’t worried about getting attacked by a giant cave bear, well, they probably didn’t last that long.
But today, our worrying minds kick into full gear far too often. In fact, a recent study shows our worries are at an all-time high. Thanks, 2020.
This leads to a lot of wasted time and energy. On average, we can spend almost 2 hours a day worrying about stuff.
It’s also detrimental to our health.
Over time, excessive worrying can suppress our immune system, affect our memory, and damage our heats.
Great, another thing to worry about.
In all seriousness, excessive worrying is a pervasive and very real problem.
The good news is that all of us have the capacity to do something about it.
Unpack and Sort It Out
A lot of us deal with worry and negative thoughts by suppressing them.
When an unwelcome thought pops in our head we quickly move to distraction; scrolling on our phones, watching tv, or engaging in a different activity.