Worry you won't have me! : The worrying epidemic of the century?

Worry affects us all in one way or another, whether it is our family, our health, our jobs, our future, etc. "Man is born to suffer, like the spark to fly" had affirmed in his time one of Job's friends (Job 5, 7).

Worries are therefore part of our daily lot.

The figures also confirm these remarks. Indeed, the French are in second place in the consumption of benzodiazepines (indicated in particular in the treatment of anxiety and sleep disorders) in Europe, indicates the 2017 report of the ANSM (National Medicines Safety Agency): 64,6 million boxes of anxiolytics and 46,1 million boxes of hypnotics were sold in 2015, women being the largest consumers ... not counting alternative medicine treatments. And all of this in large part because of anxiety and worry.

But by worrying about situations that often overwhelm us, we can find ourselves grappling with anxiety "that lasts a long time, even after the danger has passed," explains Dr. Don Colbert in his book These Killing Emotions ( ed. Les éditions du Bon Maître). He adds that the anxious share the experience that the writer Mark Twain would have described: "I have gone through hard trials in my life, some of which have really taken place."

Worry and health

As Don Colbert notes, "Some anxiety disorders are physically more dangerous than others, especially those that cause the body to produce stress hormones even after the danger has passed." He goes on to establish a link between anxiety and certain more or less serious and dangerous health problems "including cardiovascular diseases, ulcers often linked to the presence of the H. pylori bacteria, irritable bowel syndrome and auto diseases. -immunes. Of all these ailments, the headache, in the form of a tension headache or migraine, is the most common ”. Poorly managed anxiety would therefore constitute… a new source of anxiety.

But accepting a contrario reasoning, reducing his level of anxiety and worry could significantly improve his health, because it would allow more restful sleep, which would limit mood disorders and increase his energy level.

And who says less anxiety also means more peaceful life, and therefore less stress and often less relational worries, because we have more patience to explain ourselves, to build relationships, to relax. Or even to improve the eroticism within his couple and find a source of peace. Indeed, according to sexologist Yves Dufour, “basic” sexuality is linked to need and procreation while eroticism flourishes in a relaxed context of pleasure, “a bit like a couple on vacation does not. will not have the same practices as in his daily life ”.

Some human strategies

Obviously, if reducing the level of anxiety depends only on a decrease in the number of subjects of worry, the objective will never be reached because it is impossible for us to act on the number of actual and real worries that "fall to us. above". The vagaries of life constantly remind us of our inability to control our circumstances.

In the absence of being able to act on personal, national or world events, we, as human beings, can implement techniques allowing to modify our perception of events as well as our reactions. Surprising? Yet this is what the work of Antoine Lutz, researcher at the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (CRNL) and his team demonstrate: by performing MRI scans of the brains of monks in meditation, they have shown that this practice causes functional changes in the brain. And soothes both body and mind.

A divine strategy

Except that prayer as taught in the Bible has a much greater advantage than simple meditation! In fact, through prayer, we enter into a direct relationship with Almighty God! We express our needs to a Heavenly Father who takes the trouble to count the number of hairs on our heads (and with the trend of long hair, that's not insignificant!). Through prayer, we communicate with the one who promised to hear and answer us, the one who loves us more than anyone else.

Dr. Don Colbert offers many avenues in his book to “appropriate healthy emotions” by adopting a way of thinking marked with truth concerning our situation, the place of God, our role, and so on. So let us dare to address ourselves to the one who advised us not to worry about the next day by inviting us to find peace with him: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matt . 11, 28).

Rachel Gamper

Find more articles on the topic of women on Spirituality,  the magazine that brings together Christian women from the Francophonie.

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