Stress and Anxiety are Killing Your Health?

Are you late for work or an important meeting because you are sitting in traffic and continuously checking the time? This scenario will shoot your entire day and will increase your stress and anxiety. The effects can have huge implication on your health and can be dangerous if you do not know how to manage stress and anxiety

The effects of stress and anxiety may damage your health, even while you may not recognize it. You may wonder why you continue to have annoying migraines, widespread chronic fatigue, or why your work is not as efficient as it was in the past.    

But every day, when a new stressor presents itself, you are at risk and this will impact your health.

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Emotional Wellbeing

Before we get deep into stress and anxiety, let’s first learn what is good emotional health. Emotional well-being refers to the overall state of your emotional health and resilience. It encompasses your ability to understand and manage your emotions effectively, how to cope with stress and maintain a sense of balance and contentment.

Stress vs Anxiety

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First, let’s distinguish between stress and anxiety. Both can manifest similar symptoms.


Stress – According to the American Psychological Association, is typically caused by an external trigger (stressor).

Stress is a normal reaction to everyday pressures, but can become unhealthy when it upsets your day-to-day functioning. Stress involves changes affecting nearly every system of the body, influencing how people feel and behave.”


Anxiety – According to the American Psychological Association is “persistent, excessive worries that don’t go away even in the absence of a stressor.”

Anxiety is characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes. Anxiety disorders such as panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) cause recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns and physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.”

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America indicate that Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 or older, or 18.1% of the population every year.

What Causes Stress and Anxiety

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Stress and anxiety can be caused by a variety of factors, and different people may experience these conditions for different reasons. It’s important to note that these factors can vary in intensity and impact from person to person.

Moreover, a person may experience stress or anxiety as a result of a combination of factors rather than a single cause.

Here are 10 common causes of stress and anxiety:

  1. Work-related stress
  2. Personal relationships
  3. Financial worries
  4. Health concerns
  5. Major life changes
  6. Traumatic events
  7. Social pressures
  8. Information overload (social media, news, etc.)
  9. Genetic and biological factors
  10. Personality traits

Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety

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Stress and anxiety can take a toll on the body if your chronic stress and anxiety causes remain in place too long. Several complications can be caused by persistent stress and anxiety and may influence your general quality of life.

Moreover, the symptoms of stress and anxiety can influence your body, your feelings and emotions, and your actions. Being able to identify typical signs will assist you in handling them. Unrestricted tension can cause several health issues, such as hypertension, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease. Here are just a few signs of stress and anxiety.

Physical Symptoms

  1. Muscle tension or muscle aches.
  2. Headaches or migraines.
  3. Stomach problems, such as indigestion, nausea, or diarrhea.
  4. Rapid heartbeat or palpitations.
  5. Sweating excessively, especially in stressful situations.
  6. Changes in appetite (either overeating or loss of appetite).
  7. Trouble sleeping or insomnia.
  8. Fatigue or feeling constantly tired.
  9. Dizziness or lightheadedness.
  10. Shallow or rapid breathing.

Emotional Symptoms

  1. Feeling restless, on edge, or nervous.
  2. Irritability or easily becoming agitated.
  3. Experiencing a sense of fear.
  4. Excessive worry.
  5. Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope.
  6. Difficulty concentrating or making decisions.
  7. Mood swings or emotional instability.
  8. Feelings of sadness or hopelessness.
  9. Increased sensitivity to criticism or perceived judgment.

Behavioral Symptoms

  1. Avoiding situations or places that trigger anxiety.
  2. Increased use of substances like alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to cope with stress.
  3. Social withdrawal or isolating oneself from others.
  4. Procrastination or difficulty initiating tasks.
  5. Nervous habits, such as nail biting, pacing, or fidgeting.
  6. Overreacting to minor stressors.

Coping with Stress and Anxiety

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Coping with stress and anxiety is essential for maintaining your mental and emotional well-being. Coping with stress and anxiety is a process, and it’s okay to have ups and downs. Be patient with yourself and give yourself the time and space needed to heal and grow.

Note: If you’re having trouble coping on your own with stress and anxiety, don’t hesitate to reach out for professional help.

  Here are some strategies that may help you manage stress and anxiety:

  1. Seek professional help: Long gone are the days of sitting in silence. If you find that managing your stress and anxiety is too much for you to handle on your own, seek immediate professional care.
  2. Deep breathing techniques: Practice deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness meditation. These techniques can help calm your nervous system and reduce anxiety.
  3. Exercise regularly: Physical activity is an excellent way to release pent-up tension and boost your mood through the release of endorphins. Find a form of exercise that you enjoy, whether it’s walking, jogging, yoga, or dancing.
  4. Maintain a balanced diet: Eating nutritious foods can have a positive impact on your mood and stress levels. Avoid excessive caffeine, sugary snacks, and processed foods, as they can contribute to anxiety.
  5. Get enough sleep and rest: Make sure you are getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep as sleep deprivation can exacerbate stress and anxiety. Establish a regular sleep schedule and create a relaxing bedtime routine.
  6. Limit exposure to stressors: A key to managing stress and anxiety is identifying the sources of stress in your life and taking steps to minimize or avoid them when possible. Set boundaries and learn to say no if you feel overwhelmed.
  7. Build a support system: Seek support from friends, family, or a support group. Talking about your feelings and concerns can be therapeutic and help you feel less isolated.
  8. Engage in hobbies: Engaging in activities you enjoy can distract your mind from stressors and provide a sense of accomplishment and pleasure.
  9. Limit news and social media exposure: Constant exposure to negative news and social media can increase anxiety. Take breaks and set boundaries on your media consumption.
  10.  Practice self-compassion: Be kind to yourself and recognize that it’s okay to experience stress and anxiety. Treat yourself with the same compassion you would offer to others.

Key Takeaways

  1. Stress and anxiety can be caused by a variety of factors, and different people may experience these conditions for different reasons.
  2. Get medical assistance immediately if you have breathing problems, specifically when you experience heart palpitations, face or chronic injuries, soreness across your arm and hand, trembling, drowsiness, or discomfort.
  3. Coping with stress and anxiety is a process, and it’s okay to have ups and downs. Be patient with yourself and give yourself the time and space needed to heal and grow.

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