Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are two different interpretations of body’s response to emotional, physical and situational events. They are two diverse things and should not be confused as synonyms. Even though both present with almost similar symptoms but their origin and course of progress is different.

It is body’s reaction to any distressing situation. It can originate from a thought or any disturbing event which is known as a stressor. It can make the person feel angry, worried, frustrated or nervous. Symptoms of being in stress can range from headache, tensed muscles, upset stomach and problem in falling asleep.

It is a way in which the body reacts to stress when it is unable to deal with it. Principally, it is body’s response to any danger which presents as a mixed feeling of apprehension, fear and uneasiness. At several occasions one experiences “butterflies in the stomach” when anxious but clinical anxiety is quite gloomy and depressing. Fast heart rate, shaking, fine tremors, chest pain, feeling sick internally and sweating are typical features of anxiety. Deadlines at workplace, financial matters or trouble in relationships are some major stress causing factors. Examples of anxiety inducing situations can be change in workplace, waiting for test results or addressing a crowd.

Tips to Manage Stress
In today’s hectic life, stress is inevitable. You cannot stay away from it.

Here are couple of easy and quick ways to manage and tackle stress.

It’s OK to say “No” sometimes – Learn to say ‘no’ to people when you are not in a position to help them. Don’t accept do to something which is going to burden you. Additional responsibilities make lead to unnecessary stress.

Keep your stuff organised – Working on a messy desk or entering an unkempt home is enough of a stressor in themselves. List down your important things for the day and keep your stuff organised.

Face problems upfront – Ignoring issues or lingering on with them will not resolve the situation but itself. Rather than running from the issue, confront and look for resolution. Things do not always fall in place on their own.

Exercise works best – Exercise is a great stress reliever. It helps soothe mind. Any form of exercise like brisk walking, swimming, aerobics, or dancing when you are stressed will help in diverting the attention and relieving stress.

Get enough sleep enough – Not sleeping well and enough can be a major cause of stress.