Anxiety or Stress
ARE YOU EXPERIENCING ANXIETY OR STRESS?
We often experience stress in our daily routine, which is a good thing because it is a time to rejuvenate our ability or resilience, a moment to motivate ourselves to stay safe, accomplish goals, get out of unhealthy environments, and also helps us define our self-efficacy. Stress can sometimes elicit emotions either positive ones or negative, translating to the fear of what is coming next. Anxiety is the uncertainty of what comes after our actions or failures. Stress is therefore clear as a short term definite and manageable situations which may lead to anxiety.
While experiencing the everyday stress, it is often so easy to pinpoint the exact cause. However, if you are feeling on an edge and can’t really identify the cause of the feeling, then you are having anxiety. Stress helps the mind zero down to what needs to be done in a challenging event which plays as a motivator contrary to the ambiguity of what is the cause of our feeling. The ambiguity starts to develop a negative impact on a whole day, clouding the thought process and ushering in a foggy feeling. In an event of a presentation, for example, anxiety drips you down to sweating or panic attacks, thought blocks, mutism, low confidence or even failure to be on stage. This makes life more difficult than a feeling of uncertainty of what might go wrong in a presentation which brings in nervousness and energy to power through the speech.
Everyday stress isn’t going to impact your physical being much as compared to anxiety. Physical and physiological tension which takes time to fade off results from anxiety, and can include sweating, muscle tightness, flushing, nausea and high heart rates. These changes in body reactions often last for long and keep on recurring. When you are stressed up, you are likely to call a friend, meet up for a coffee, ask a partner to distract. All these are meant to vent out the feeling because it can be traced to a source. Anxiety, on the contrary, directs individuals to be conservative and converge the feelings within their self, which translates to a change of interests, changing of routines, favorite places, and change in time schedules.
About sleep, stress can keep you awake as far as the trigger has not been addressed and it will be easy to get back to sleep when the event has passed. Anxiety makes an individual have difficulty turning their mind off, and more often wonders a lot, especially during bedtime. Restless nights, unsatisfying sleep, short and easily disturbed sleep is a sign of anxiety and needs to be addressed by a therapist to help in diagnosing the cause of the problem.
Have you had a worry that does not go away even after meeting that deadline? That could be anxiety. When the mind spirals out of control about various issues, enabling worries of things that are yet to happen, or things that might not even happen, anxiety has befallen on you. Resolved worry in a person with anxiety, starts up another worry of the next thing that may go wrong and how it will be awful for something to go wrong. Clearly noted, stress can help us be productive and perform at our best but anxiety will interfere with every day activities by avoidance and postponing.
Take an example of a person in a traffic jam to town. A person can view it as a headache or merely a passing stressor and decides to leave early the following day. Another person can interpret it as being late for a meeting, being perceived as a poor time manager or even losing a job. The latter interpretation can lead to anxiety physiologically by having headaches, racing heart and muscle tension. It can also distort cognition, for example, the idea of losing a job or even behaviorally by yelling to other drivers or driving on pavements.
This article sets in a need for an insight of knowing the difference between anxiety and depression, which will be our next write up.