Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety is something that many of us suffer with. Stress is a situation that causes us constant worry. 

Stress can occur in a variety of forms, such as long hours working, pressure, family or money worries. 

Stress has a huge affect on our physical health and wellbeing. 

The hormones Cortisol and Epinephrine are released when we are feeling the pressure. This in turn causes us to experience an increased heart rate, blood pressure and breathing. From this, we enter the ‘fight or flight’ mode. 

Our digestive and reproductive systems are also temporarily affected. Our body struggles to fight off infections. On top of this, we can also experience headaches, diabetes, asthma and many more illnesses. 

Alongside illnesses, stress can also cause us to find negative coping strategies such as drinking excess alcohol, smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise. 

Anxiety on the other hand is defined as a feeling of being uncertain about something and it is an emotion that causes tension or nervousness. 

Anxiety has three main components. They are: Physical Symptoms, Avoidance Behaviour, Worrying about the Future. “Anxiety is the fear of more fear”. 

Do you feel: 

  • Forgetful 
  • Constant Tiredness 
  • Floaters in your vision 
  • Being unable to concentrate 
  • Tension Headaches 

These are a few symptoms that I experience when I go through an anxious period. 

However, the difference between before and now is that I know it is anxiety causing it and not a disease. I would obsess over my symptoms and genuinely think it was a really bad illness causing me to feel this way. 

It is really difficult to do anything when you are focused on what could potentially be wrong with you. 

What I have learnt is that eating healthy foods plays a huge part in reducing some of these symptoms. Alongside this, I have found that sugar causes me to have very bad brain fog and takes me to the point where I struggle to concentrate and I feel so exhausted. 

The other thing I have noticed is that through holding onto the tension in the neck and shoulders, it can contribute to my tension headaches. 

Through this, I have learnt to ensure I am mindfully releasing my shoulders and taking deep breaths throughout the day. 

Being mindful also will help anxiety by helping to identify the trigger along with balancing the mind when you experience a trigger.