Stress and Anxiety

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Understanding Stress and Anxiety

Stress can affect your thinking, feelings and behaviour. This is because your mind and body constantly interact. Stress is an essential and normal part of everyone’s daily lives; It’s what gets you out of bed in the morning and motivates you throughout the day. However, stress becomes problematic when there’s too much.

Stress occurs at times where we have lots to do and think about, or don’t have much control over what is happening in our lives, we find ourselves “feeling under pressure” when we find that the demands placed upon us are too much to cope with.

Anxiety is a general name for a number of illnesses that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying; as with stress it will affect how you feel, think and behave, and can develop to show real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.

Anxiety becomes a problem when the symptoms affect your ability to sleep or otherwise function. Generally, anxiety occurs when your reactions appear out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation.

The most effective way to be freed from anxiety disorders completely and effectively is to resolve what’s causing it; if there is no longer any cause, there can be no effect.

Typical areas of where we can help:

Muscle tension: Near-constant muscle tension—whether it consists of clenching your jaw, balling your fists, or flexing muscles throughout your body—often accompanies anxiety disorders. This symptom can be so persistent and pervasive that people who have lived with it for a long time may stop noticing it after a while.

Regular exercise can help keep muscle tension under control, but the tension may flare up if an injury or other unforeseen event disrupts a person’s workout habits, suddenly they’re a wreck, because they can’t handle their anxiety in that way and now they’re incredibly restless and irritable.

Indigestion (Chronic): Anxiety may start in the mind, but it often manifests itself in the body through physical symptoms, like chronic digestive problems. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition characterized by stomach-aches, cramping, bloating, gas, constipation, and/or diarrhoea, could be a symptom of anxiety in the digestive tract.

IBS isn’t always related to anxiety, but the two often occur together and can make each other worse. The gut is very sensitive to psychological stress—and, vice versa, the physical and social discomfort of chronic digestive problems can make a person feel more anxious.

Self-Consciousness: Social anxiety disorder doesn’t always involve speaking to a crowd or being the centre of attention. In most cases, the anxiety is provoked by everyday situations such as making one-on-one conversation at a party, or eating and drinking in front of even a small number of people.

In these situations, people with social anxiety disorder tend to feel like all eyes are on them, and they often experience blushing, trembling, nausea, profuse sweating, or difficulty talking. These symptoms can be so disruptive that they make it hard to meet new people, maintain relationships, and advance at work or in school.

Flashbacks: Reliving a disturbing or traumatic event—a violent encounter, the sudden death of a loved one—is a hallmark of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which shares some features with anxiety disorders. (Until very recently, in fact, PTSD was seen as a type of anxiety disorder rather than a stand-alone condition.)

But flashbacks may occur with other types of anxiety as well. Some research, including a 2006 study in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, suggests that some people with social anxiety have PTSD-like flashbacks of experiences that might not seem obviously traumatic, such as being publicly ridiculed. These people may even avoid reminders of the experience—another symptom reminiscent of PTSD.

Perfectionism: The finicky and obsessive mind-set known as perfectionism generally goes hand in hand with anxiety disorders. If you are constantly judging yourself or you have a lot of anticipatory anxiety about making mistakes or falling short of your standards, then you probably have an anxiety disorder.

Perfectionism is especially common in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which, like PTSD, has long been viewed as an anxiety disorder. OCD can happen subtly, like in the case of somebody who can’t get out of the house for three hours because their makeup has to be absolutely just right and they have to keep starting over.

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