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Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety sometimes go hand in hand. One can initiate the other and intensify the affects of each. Stress is a stress-and-anxietybiological response to an external stimuli or event (dubbed a stressor). Anxiety is also a response to a stressor but it reacts in a different manner. It is a psychological and psychological response to that stress in a manner that affects us emotionally, behaviorally, and mentally. It also has a physical affect on our somatic nervous system and cardiovascular system. It can also come about without a stressor being presenting.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety often brings feelings of uneasiness, fear, and concern. The feelings of fear are different from fear in that they are triggered by anxiety whereas fear is typically a response to a perceived threat. When we are in a situation we feel that is uncontrollable or unavoidable we often get those feelings of stress and anxiety.

Anxiety is intended to help us

It is good to realize that anxiety is a mood which is being used to prepare ourselves to cope with negative events. So in essence it is a state that is there to help us. In excess it is a state that can really dampen our lives and hamper our personal growth in life. If it continues to be in excess it is a condition doctors refer to as an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder is a blanket term for both persistent or excessively reoccurring fear and anxiety. Some studies have shown 15-20% of Americans suffer from this disorder. This is a quite large amount of people but there is plenty of hope for defeating this self-defeating disorder.

Coping with stress and anxiety

Dealing with stress and anxiety takes time and effort. It can be a bit paradoxical when our stress and anxiety takes from us motivation and focus to work on these issues. However, much can be done for anxiety relief and if you are taking steps forward, big or small, you will always end at your goal. To do this we should work on any feelings of self-doubt and low self-confidence. Working on the self in individual sections will have affect on many other portions of yourself. It is an upward spiral in which improving one aspect improves other related or seemingly unrelated aspects (whether or not you connect the two). The first step is accepting the idea of change so we can get healthy levels of stress and anxiety. There are many articles here and around the internet to help you to get anxiety relief!

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Stress Eating

Most countries around the world suffer from obesity. It is the number one cause of death. Obesity will lead to the debilitating affects from a stroke or surgery. Child obesity rates are soaring, leading to not only an unhealthy childhood but a building a pattern in life that will likely follow them like a fat shadow into adulthood. What can we do today to help ourselves and the ones we love get healthy and happy?stress-eating

We are creatures of the wild, long forgotten food foragers exploring nature for it’s fruitful bounty. Today we roam the grocery isles and hunt for the fast food bargains. We are divorced from nature and it’s systems of balance. We have at our fingertips any variety of food from innumerable sources. It can be ready made or it can be slow cooked. We take for granted what a great thing this is and we take for granted how much our bodies can adapt to change.

Most children don’t have much deep seated stress. As we age stress becomes a very real and long term issue. A way of coping with it is by stress eating. Short term it isn’t that bad of a thing. As long as other steps are taking to alleviate and remove stress stress eating that is rarely used it can be a OK way to relieve stress. Unfortunately there are those who have this as a long term addiction and the health problems become a very real issue.

Stress eating can be a very serious problem for many people. It is a very easily accessible addiction and depending on income, a very affordable addiction. It is one of those problems people sweep under the rug. It is an issue that has little short term affects and extreme long term affects. In the short term it will cause a little damage to the body. Long term it will cause extensive and life threatening damage. As with most addictions the danger trouts ever closer to striking us down with its vengeance. It often remains under a veil, only ready to show it’s power when we come to close.

To overcome addiction we must first recognize and accept that we have an addiction. We must look at ourselves with truth and accept who we see. We must look we we are headed and change that direction one day and one step at a time. In the end you have the power to do this and it is your choice whether or not you will.

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How to Stress Test Yourself

Stress comes in many forms. It can be very obvious at times and it can also be very subtle. The problem with subtle stress is that it can be just as damaging but hard to identify and therefore resolve. There are many steps we can take to identify stress.stress-test

To help identify stress it is good to get out paper and jot what what stressful things comes to mind. Once you are done with the ones that jump out make a second list of the ones you have to think about more. The ones that draw less attention but definitely bring the effects of stress. Give yourself a little stress test and figure out what it is that causes your stress. It’s important to have a clearer picture of what is causing stress in your life so you take the steps to either avoid these things or adapt to them.

Once you have a better idea of the stressors in your life you can start to consciously and subconsciously work out solutions. Many people ignore the power of the subconscious and wonder why is it so easy for some to adapt to life and roll with the punches. The truth is that every time you say something negative your subconscious listens. Every time you think “this is stressful” or “I really don’t like it when this happens” you are making things harder. You are letting your mind respond more and more negatively to events and people. Don’t take this the wrong way and let people walk all over you and don’t think it’s not ok to dislike things. Still be assertive but take a path of empowerment.

The more you say “I don’t like this but I won’t let it affect me” the more positively you can approach the situation. The more you program into your mind the “I am strong” ideas the easier you are making life for yourself. It may sound like pseudoscience but it is proven psychology. Pay attention to your thoughts and begin reprogramming the way you look at the world for the better!

Let life work for you and not against you. Identify what causes stress and take steps to either avoid or adapt to them. You deserve happiness!

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