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Anxiety vs Stress


In this blog I am going to look at stress and anxiety and the difference between the two.

Stress is your body's reaction to a trigger and is generally a short term experience. When stress kicks in, you can find yourself suddenly cramming in all the revision you've left until the last minute or you; start doing the work you've got piling up as the deadlines loom closer. Stress can be positive or negative.

Anxiety causes significant impairment in social, occupational, and other important areas of functioning. Anxiety tends to hang around. Anxiety can develop out of stress. If you don't deal with stress, it may develop into something bigger; anxiety.

The symptoms of anxiety and stress are similar so it can be hard to tell them apart. Symptoms of both can include:

  • Exhaustion

  • Excessive worry

  • Rapid heart rate

  • Muscle tension

  • Headache's

It's important to recognize stress so you can avoid burnout which might also be called 'Breakdown'

Anxiety tends to be internal and come from a place of fear whereas stress tends to originate externally - from things like work pressure, environmental stressors, (such as noisy neighbors), positive major life changes (moving house or getting married, for example) or negative major life changes (such as death of a loved one or divorce.)

If you are feeling stressed or anxious and think talking about it might help - get in touch today to see how I can help. You can reach me by email - sarah.feltoncounselling@gmail.com or call me on 07737805334.


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