Dr. Oz: Toxic Worrying
Dr. Oz talked about toxic worrying with guest Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, a psychologist, who said we know worrying becomes toxic when it takes over our life. It’s when worrying is interfering with what we do day to day.
Dr. Oz: Symptoms of Toxic Worrying
There are specific symptoms of toxic worrying. If you have a stomachache twice a week and the stomachache coincides with your worrying, take note. Another symptom is gaining more than 5 pounds per month. Worrying causes stress which causes physical changes that lead to weight gain. Many people also eat more when they’re depressed, causing weight gain.
Another symptom is sleep issues. Carolyn in the audience said that she wakes up in the night all the time with worry about her kids and her pets.
If your body is full of tension, you might also be worrying too much. Being angry or irritable too much might also be a sign.
Finally, your skin might be too dry or you might have acne. Wrinkles might also be a sign. If you’re having consistent skin problems, it could be a sign of toxic worry.
Dr. Oz: Fear Based on Money
Dr. Lombardo said you should stop worrying by taking control of your life. Crystal from the audience worries about money a lot. Dr. Lombardo said if you’re worrying about money or losing your job, use that to motivate you by being a better worker or updating your resume. Also remember that just because you could lose your job, it doesn’t mean that you will lose your job.
Figure out the worst case scenario and find a way to overcome it. This will make you feel better because you’ll have a plan in place just in case.
Dr. Oz: Worrying about Family
Tori is always worried about her 13-month-old daughter. She’s a new mother and she’s constantly worried about taking good care of her baby.
Dr. Lombardo said we often equate love with worry. It’s possible to love without worrying. Instead of worrying all the time, think of a silly image in your brain. Dr. Oz showed a picture of a man in a bunny suit with a little jingle. He suggested Tori think about the man in the bunny suit when she starts to worry.
Dr. Oz: What If Scenarios
Toni worries about things like plane crashes, car accidents, hurricanes, and other odd scenarios. Dr. Lombardo said that she should postpone her worry. She advised Toni schedule a certain time where she can worry. This will allow her to mentally shift all the worries during the rest of the day to a certain time a day.
Dr. Oz: Worrying About Worrying
Another woman said she’s always worried and she’s worried about her worry. Dr. Lombardo said she should focus on her breathing, especially the exhale. Breath slowly with your hand on your belly while you do this.
If you have them, you could also try blow bubbles. That’s what Dr. Oz recommended when he gave everyone in the audience bubbles. Blowing bubbles will help you focus on your exhale.
What do you think? Will these methods help you stop worrying?