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The Difference Between Worry, Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is the culmination of worry and stress. It is a state of body and mind which is stressed and worried for no apparent reason, like a response to a false alarm.

An anxiety disorder is an acute form of anxiety and a serious medical condition.


How to Handle Anxiety:

  • Curb your sugar, alcohol and caffeine consumption.
  • Calm yourself by deep breathing and refocusing on your body parts.
  • Distract yourself by listening to music or a little exercise.
Stress, worry and anxiety can be helped by regular exercise, a nutritious diet and an ample amount of sleep.

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    Worry

    Worry is the cognitive part of anxiety, with it's repetitive and obsessive thought patterns in our mind. Worry is sometimes essential for us to solve problems or take action, provided we are not stuck in a constant state of worry.

    Ways to Handle Worry:

    • Allot some time a day, say 15 to 20 minutes, to worry about problems.
    • Be aware of your worrying, and push yourself into action.
    • Write your worries down, as it can calm obsessive thoughts.

    Stress

    Stress is a biological response(or a reaction) to external changes and forces beyond one's resources. Signs of stress include a rapid heart rate, shallow breath, and an adrenaline rush.


    Acute stress or temporary stress is normal and even beneficial. Chronic stress is linked to health concerns like heart disease and a weakened immune system.


    Ways to Handle Stress:

    • Exercise daily.
    • Focus your energy on what you can control.
    • Know that your stress response is unique to you.

    Anxiety

    Anxiety is the culmination of worry and stress. It is a state of body and mind which is stressed and worried for no apparent reason, like a response to a false alarm.

    An anxiety disorder is an acute form of anxiety and a serious medical condition.


    How to Handle Anxiety:

    • Curb your sugar, alcohol and caffeine consumption.
    • Calm yourself by deep breathing and refocusing on your body parts.
    • Distract yourself by listening to music or a little exercise.
    Stress, worry and anxiety can be helped by regular exercise, a nutritious diet and an ample amount of sleep.

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      Tips For Treating Anxiety

      • Visit your primary care doctor. Your symptoms may be from another condition with similar symptoms.
      • Ensure your chosen mental health professional is well versed in cognitive behavioral therapy, which involves the active restructuring of anxious thoughts and behaviors.
      • Consider skipping the caffeine and other stimulants that may exacerbate anxiety.
      • Exercise. Research indicates that routine exercise wards off the development of panic-related disorders.
      • Remind yourself that it’s okay to be anxious—in fact, the more demand you put on yourself to not be anxious, the more stressed you become.
      • Recognize, identify and cope with your anxiety to stay in control.

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