Easy Techniques to Reduce Feelings of Anxiety, Stress and Fear
In daily life, stress and anxiety surrounds you: simply getting to work or school, dealing with peers and colleagues, balancing the budget, and communicating with friends and family can increase feelings of anxiety and even fear. Some feelings of anxiety are normal and healthy; extreme anxiety can be physically and emotionally overwhelming.
When you learn to cope with stress and anxiety in a healthy, effective way you’ll not only breath easier, you’ll have better relationships and be more productive at work. Coping with stress and anxiety can ease specific stressful situations, such as surgery.
The National Institute of Mental Health cites that 40 million people in America suffer from anxiety disorders. Feelings of anxiety are not only common and treatable – they’re inevitable.
Feelings of anxiety range from mild uneasiness to extreme terror. “Fear is the most powerful emotion,” says Michael Fanselow, a University of California (Los Angeles) psychologist. It’s necessary for survival, and it’ll keep you alive and healthy unless it escalates to abnormal proportions. Appropriate fear and anxiety can help you perform well, keep you alert, and even help you deal with pain.
Physical Effects of Anxiety and Stress
You know how anxiety and stress changes your body. Unhealthy levels of anxiety can cause intestinal problems, stomach pains, headaches, rashes, or flare ups of other chronic illnesses such as ulcerative colitis or migraines. Insomnia and fatigue can also result – as well as psychological struggles such as extreme debilitating anxiety, panic attacks, and depression.