We’ve all experienced stressed in one way or another, whether it’s issues with family or work, or having to make a big decision. The stress from situations like these can feel overwhelming and unending, which can make it difficult to actually figure out how much stress we’re feeling, and why. When we’re stressed out about something, it’s not uncommon for phrases like “this is giving me anxiety” to slip out, and while we can often feel stressed and anxious at the same time, they’re actually two different conditions with distinct effects and causes.
Stress and anxiety share many of the same effects on the body. Whether you’re tense about a problem or deadline, or feeling anxious about something more, they both tend to lead to more rapid heart rates, muscle tension, and rapid breathing. A major difference is that anxiety can often give way to a full blown panic attack, which can bring on more severe levels of the previous symptoms, but in addition to chest pains, headaches, even hot flashes or chills. These can be difficult to overcome once they’ve begun, and the symptoms often compound as the person suffering from it gets overwhelmed by what they’re feeling and the fear that comes with it.
Stress is normally caused by something external. Bills, problems with children or upcoming deadlines are outside factors that are stressors for most people. While these can seem unbearable, they’re also things you can do something about. Tackling the things that are causing you stress is often the best way to manage it, and once the issue is resolved, the stress normally fades as well.
Anxiety, however, is not so easily managed. With stress, you can find what’s worrying you, but when it comes to anxiety, you’re not as aware of what you’re anxious about, but you gradually find yourself becoming anxious simply about being anxious. Phobias, especially those related to activities or social situations cause the person suffering from anxiety to often panic when they’re faced with that particular stressor. It tends to snowball from there, converting fear into a strong feeling and the people with anxiety begin to try to avoid the situation or event. It’s important to remember that you’re in control of your anxiety, and to remain present to what is, instead of what could be.
While anxiety and stress are very similar, it’s important to know the difference so that you can address it in the right way.
At The Springboard Center, we know that you and your family need a treatment provider you can trust. Incorporating the best of practices we have created a meaningful program to restore health and dignity with quality care and counseling. Call us today for information on how we are serving the Permian Basin: (432) 620-0255