Worrying intensity predicts the number of somatic complaints

A lot of the people I work with have an increased tendency to worry, whether it’s about their symptoms or about things in life. Worry by itself can cause more somatic symptoms. I’ve linked a study below showing that.

Worrying increases stress chemicals in the body from the brain that will make you feel worse or prolong a recovery. One the key things you can learn to do for your recovery is to drop your worry. Ask yourself: ‘Is worrying making you feel better or feel worse and what purpose is it serving you?’

From Authors: “In this ambulatory study we tested whether stressful events and worry predict daily somatic complaints, and whether worry mediates the effects of stressful events. Results showed that worry intensity predicted the number of somatic complaints and mediated the effect of stressful events on somatic complaints.”