Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety and stress are ever increasing in today’s society. While a natural level of stress in life is unavoidable, sometimes our skills for dealing with it are overwhelmed and this can affect our lives and our relationships.

Anxiety, sometimes brought on by stress, is the root cause of many of the psychological issues adversely affecting our lives today. Unchecked, anxiety can cause our health and relationships to deteriorate, affect our work and leisure time, our sleep patterns and our everyday emotional stability.


Anxiety is at the root of most common sub-clinical psychological issues which adversely affect our daily lives. It can manifest itself many ways such as:

  • Persistent troubling/negative thoughts & erratic behaviour
  • Avoidance of people, events, situations because of dread or fear
  • Struggling to get to sleep/struggling to stay asleep/lack of quality sleep
  • Feeling of Nausea or’ Butterflies in the Stomach
  • Tension Headaches & Migraine
  • Enabling Muscular aches and pains due to physical tension
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hyperventilation & Panic attacks
  • Compulsive behaviours & addictions
  • Habits hair-plucking, skin-picking, nail-biting etc
Stress and Anxiety often go hand in hand and lead to vicious cycles of thinking.
  • Fear and uncertainty about the future
  • Attitudes and perceptions about your life
  • Unrealistic expectations of yourself
  • Not adapting to change well


The manifestation of Stress differs from person to person. Some of the most common symptoms of early stress include increases in blood pressure, an increase in breathing rate, muscle tension, and a slowing of the metabolism. As the stress continues, additional symptoms can manifest.

Many medical conditions such as heart disease, fibromyalgia, eczema, type 2 diabetes, and even early death have been linked to stress. While stress does not necessarily cause these conditions, it does worsen them and increases a person’s likelihood of having stress-related medical conditions. Some conditions of chronic stress such as insomnia, slowed metabolism, muscle spasms, and cramps can occur within a matter of days from stressful situations occurrence. Rather than waiting until these symptoms become unbearable before seeking help, it is beneficial train the mind and body how to deal with stressors as they happen.

With stress comes some emotional reactions, as well. These often include:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Burnout
  • Concentration issues
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • A feeling of insecurity
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Nail-biting
  • Restlessness
  • Sadness

The behaviours often linked to stress include:

  • Eating too much or too little
  • Sudden uncontrolled emotional outbursts
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Social withdrawal
  • Frequent crying
  • Relationship problems
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