I read a quote from Billy Graham that said this...
"Hypochondria, a mental disorder which is accompanied by melancholy and depression, is often caused by self-pity and self-centeredness."
Now, I'm confident that most of us are not hypochondriacs, but I do think that having a self-centered attitude can be the cause of much of the distress in our lives!
We can suffer from spiritual nearsightedness...that is, a condition where people put their interests, their attentions and their energies upon themselves and their world. They don't see things very clearly.
Jesus implored His disciples to live for others rather than live selfishly.
"He must increase, but I must decrease." -John 3:30
Selfish people do selfish things because all they think about is themselves, but selfless people seldom think about themselves over anyone else.
John says it accurately, the more of Him we seek, the less of us we require, which will in turn lesson our distress.
Live a life worthy of less of you, less of distress and more of God!