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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    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.
    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.

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    Understanding The Stress Response

    A stressful situation — whether something environmental, or psychological, can trigger a cascade of stress hormones that produce well-orchestrated physiological changes.

    This combination of reactions to stress is also known as the "fight-or-flight" response because it evolved as a survival mechanism, enabling people to react quickly to life-threatening situations. The carefully orchestrated sequence of hormonal changes and physiological responses helps someone to fight the threat off or flee to safety. Unfortunately, the body can also overreact to stressors that are not life-threatening.

    Understanding the stress response - Harvard Health

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    Stress as a personal choice
    • Getting psychologically and visibly stressed out could be "manufactured stress". It is a way of showing that what we are doing is important. 
    • Sometimes we cause our own stress by how we manage our daily lives, in particular by creating artificial urgency.

    A Surprisingly Simple Way To Get In Front Of Stress Before It Happens - Thrive Global

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    1. Worry is the cognitive component of anxiety. It happens only in your mind, not in your body. 
    2. Stress is a physiological response connected to an external event. It is a reaction to environmental changes or forces that exceed our resources.
    3. Anxiety is the culmination of stress and worry. It has both - a cognitive element (worry) and physiological response (stress).

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