Stress & Anxiety
Two of the main topics that I reguarly assist people with are Stress and Anxiety.
There’s a fine line between stress and anxiety. Both are emotional responses, but stress is typically caused by an external trigger. The trigger can be short-term, such as a work deadline or a fight with a loved one or long-term, such as being unable to work, discrimination, or chronic illness.
Understanding the difference and gaining the tools to cope with these issues can make a big difference in your life.
People under stress experience psychological distress e.g. over-thinking, difficulty sleeping and physical symptoms, such as irritability, anger, fatigue, muscle pain, digestive troubles.
Anxiety, is defined by persistent, excessive worries that don’t go away even in the absence of a stressor. Anxiety leads to a nearly identical set of symptoms as stress: insomnia, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, muscle tension, and irritability.
Coping with Stress & Anxiety
Both mild stress and mild anxiety respond well to similar coping mechanisms. Physical activity, a nutritious and varied diet, and good sleep hygiene are a good starting point, but there are other coping mechanisms available.
If your stress or anxiety does not respond to these management techniques, or if you feel that either stress or anxiety are affecting your day-to-day functioning or mood, consider counselling or psychotherapy. This can help you understand what you are experiencing and provide additional coping tools.