Anxiety v Stress
There is stress and then there is anxiety. Stress can actually be good, a leftover from our ancestry’s “fight or flight” reaction to perceived threats. However, in our Modern World that “fight or flight” instinct can run continuously… far more than we are capable of maintaining. There is a difference between Anxiety and Stress. While meditation and other mindfulness exercises can help with Stress, maybe even high Stress, more may be needed for Anxiety. As we begin to give more thought and acceptance to mental health, it is worth understanding that not all Stress is equal.
Anxiety isn’t the same as stress and is one adverse effect of stress. Whereas stress usually comes and goes with identifiable causes, anxiety becomes a persistent feeling of worry, unease, and fear with no real identifiable cause. Anxiety is also typically associated with the future where a person is anticipating coping with upcoming negative events. In other words, stress can be seen as an emotional reaction to something happening now, while anxiety is a feeling about something that may happen at a future date or may not actually ever happen at all. (See: What’s The Difference Between Feelings And Emotions)
Anxiety can turn into phobia, social anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Although anxiety starts in the mind, it can manifest with physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, muscle pain, dizziness, tiredness, head aches, and insomnia.
Anxiety is a big problem in today’s culture….
There are many effective treatments for anxiety, including psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mind-body practices, and medication. Although treatment is highly individualized, the vast majority of people with an anxiety disorder can be helped with professional care.
For more information please see the original article: Breaking The Cycle Of Stress – The Best Brain Possible
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