Stress and anxiety can affect people from all walks of life, in varying degrees, whether it relates to work, family, relationships, health worries, loss of a loved one or even moving home. Sometimes stress and anxiety can help us work through challenges or motivate us to reach our goals. However, when this becomes excessive and ongoing, it can become a major challenge, developing into a mental health issue which makes the individual feel alone. When symptoms of stress and anxiety begin to get in the way of your daily life, then it may be time to seek support.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of stress & anxiety?
Stress and anxiety cause physical and emotional problems which can manifest in various ways. They can display similar signs and symptoms; however, it is important to recognise the differences between them. Stress occurs when your body is placed under increased physical or mental demand or a threat. Anxiety can be identified as an intense feeling of fear, worry or unease about the future, often due to concerns over the present. Anxiety is often triggered by stress, and unlike stress, it does not disappear once the sense of threat has been resolved.
You may start to experience symptoms such as panic attacks, insomnia, change of appetite, fatigue or chest pains. If we allow these panic disorders or symptoms to persist, then we can be vulnerable to a wide range of health issues, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.
Unless support or a new solution is found to manage the situation, the symptoms of stress and anxiety can get out of control, creating a snowball effect.
- Be aware of your triggers – Daily journaling is a good way to keep track of your emotions (positive and negative). When you are feeling particularly stressed or anxious, write down your thoughts and feelings. This will help you identify specific things or situations which trigger times of increased stress or anxiety. By being able to reflect on these patterns, you will be able to work towards finding a healthy way to work through challenges and manage difficult situations when they arise.
- Reconnect with yourself – Look after your physical and emotional wellbeing. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the chaos of modern-day life and personal responsibilities. Take a step back and give yourself some time to clear your head. It’s important to make some time for yourself and to reflect upon the things you enjoy; learning something new, reading, playing music or connecting with nature. In the long term, this will help rid your mind and body of stress and tension, helping you to make more positive choices in your life.
- Practice mindfulness – Make replacing negative thoughts with positive ones a regular habit to help you nurture a positive attitude. Give yourself regular time each day to shut off from technology and use this as an opportunity to connect with your surroundings with all your senses. This will help you to keep things in perspective and learn more about what is going on around you, instead of getting bogged down by the daily streams of information which bombard us from media channels, which can often result in more anxiety.
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle – Making a habit of eating well balanced meals and taking regular exercise can help reduce the physical and emotional symptoms of stress and anxiety. It can help you relax, elevate your mood, and your confidence. By ensuring you are feeding your body with the right foods, you’ll also be able to boost your energy levels. It’s not just about what we do in the waking hours that can help manage stress and anxiety. When we feel stressed or anxious, we tend to need more sleep, so it’s important to practice good sleep hygiene. Try to keep a consistent bedtime schedule, make sure your bedroom is quiet and relaxing, and turn off any electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
- Live your best life now – Worrying about the future can at times increase feelings of stress and anxiety, and as a result we lose sight of living our best life in the present. We are not able to control the future, but we can work towards taking charge of the present and how we react to and deal with situations. When we start to reflect upon the present moment, we are able to identify what makes us happy or sad, what our reactions are when we are under pressure, what drains us and what gives us energy. Making time each day to visualise yourself living your best life will help you to focus on your goals and help you settle into a positive mindset.
- Keep up a positive daily routine – Without a daily routine, an individual can quickly begin to feel overwhelmed due to the lack of structure in their day, and as a result, increase feelings of stress and anxiety. It may seem boring sometimes to follow a daily routine; waking up at 7:00am, taking a shower, having breakfast, going to work and so on, but by having a structured routine, it will be easier to find ways to work other tasks around your routine, increasing feelings of accomplishment and positivity.
- Take time to reconnect – If you can, talk to friends and family about how you are feeling and see if they can offer you support. Speaking with others is a good way to help you re-frame a situation and your feelings and look at it from a different perspective. Reframing your thoughts can help relieve stress and anxiety by giving you the chance to identify negative thinking patterns which elevate feelings of being overwhelmed. By understanding your thinking patterns, you will be able to lay the foundations to make positive changes.
What are the Benefits of Stress & Anxiety Therapy?
When the burden of stress and anxiety gets too much, you may find it more difficult to focus on responsibilities in your daily life. You may start to lose confidence and find it more difficult to focus on your duties. Stress and anxiety therapy techniques can help boost your mental health and help you gain a healthier, more positive perspective.
Therapists specialising in stress and anxiety can introduce you to a number of techniques such as CBT, breathing techniques, mindfulness and more, teaching you highly effective stress and anxiety management coping mechanisms, helping you to overcome a host of issues and work towards changing negative thought patterns which develop due to stress and anxiety.
How we can help
Contact MindSpace 247 today if you are dealing with stress and anxiety. Our therapists have vast experience helping people overcome stress and anxiety and work towards a more positive outlook. The stress and anxiety therapy services we offer are designed to change negative thoughts and feelings whilst helping you to cope with stress and anxiety more effectively. When you talk to our therapists, they will help you understand more about your relationship between situations and feelings to improve your mental health.