Is it stress? Is it anxiety? Is it both?
Anxiety generally is internal, meaning it’s your reaction to stress. Usually it involves a persistent feeling of uneasiness or dread that doesn’t go away, and that interferes with how you live your life. It is constant, even if there is no immediate threat.
Stress generally is a response to an external cause, such as interviewing for a new job or arguing with a friend. It goes away once the situation is resolved. It can be positive or negative. For example, it may inspire you to study for a test, or it may cause you to lose sleep.
Both stress and anxiety can affect your mind and body. You may experience symptoms such as:
- Excessive worry
- Tension headaches or body pain
- High blood pressure
- Loss of sleep
Ways to Cope
- Eat healthy
- Exercise or do some sort of physical activity
- Create a sleep routine to get regular sleep
- Avoid excess caffeine and alcohol
- Identify and challenge your negative thoughts
- Keep a journal or download a relaxation / mediation app
- Reach out to friends and family
- Speak to a professional
HOPE is Here
If you’re struggling to cope or the symptoms of your stress or anxiety begin to interfere with your everyday life, it may be time to talk to a professional. We’d love to speak to you further and find something that works for you. HOPE is here. Contact us today.