Stress VS Anxiety
For most of our lives, we tend to live in situations that generate stress and anxiety. After all, the ability to adapt to change is what distinguishes us from other living beings. Anxiety also goes hand in hand with stress and worry about what might happen in the future. However, when these are very frequent in our lives they tend to affect us negatively, both on a psychological level and in our bodies. Because of uncontrollable stress and anxiety people tend to suffer from heart disease, stroke, excess weight, etc.
Because we have to adapt to different changes, we begin to feel stress or become anxious about what might happen, whether good or bad. Facts such as a job layoff, a breakup of a love relationship, or the death of a loved one are negative situations that can lead to stress. However, positive and desirable changes can also generate stress and anxiety, such as getting married and starting a new life with someone else, the expectation of promotion at work.
Positive Stress vs Negative Stress
That is why it is essential to identify good stress and bad stress. When stress or anxiety is caused by the right responses that are expected and are acceptable to the body, we talk about good stress, which can be used as a tool for the functioning of the new position and adaptation to the new environment. But when it is felt that the demands of the environment are very demanding, intense, and exceed the body's capacity for resistance, then we speak of bad stress. If this type of stress is not controlled, it is possible that we begin to suffer from dysfunctions in our physiological organism, and even generate new diseases.
Now, although stress and anxiety are closely related, it is important to know the meaning of each of them. Stress, whether good or bad, is a process that is generated mostly when we have to adapt to our environment. Anxiety, on the other hand, is something more emotional, a reaction we may have to some threat. In fact, we could say that in a situation of stress, anxiety can be generated as the most constant emotional reaction. And just as stress can generate anxiety, anxiety can also generate stress.
How Do You Deal With Stress And Anxiety?
Now that we have a clearer idea of what anxiety and stress are, we need to know some ways in which we can deal with them. The best way to do this is not to constantly think about the distant future. Generally, when we start thinking about what might happen 10 years from now, it can significantly create a situation of stress or anxiety, because of the uncertainty we feel. The best way to control those thoughts is to think about what you can do today, and that will help you stay calm and confident in the future. (Today will set you free!)
Understand Your Body When You're Stressed Or Anxious
When we have stressed, our body makes signs that warn us that we are overstretched and that what we are doing is bad for us; thinking negatively, feeling pain, heat, smells, a rash, etc. That is why we must be attentive to the signals our body sends to let us know that we are stressed. In this way, we can prevent it from reaching a larger scale.
In summary, good stress can be defined as a feeling of excitement, or what psychologists refer to as eustress. Bad stress equals distress which is counterproductive and can lead to anxiety as well as to major health problems. The best antidote to anxiety and negative stress is to work on your life plan to reduce the 'uncertainty feeling'. An effective plan involves a deep introspection process to understand yourself in detail to make sure you are planning for what is important to you.
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