Stress and anxiety share many of the same physical symptoms. These terms are often used interchangeably, making it difficult to tell the difference between the two.
Both can lead to sleepless nights, exhaustion, excessive worry, lack of focus, and irritability. They both can cause even physical symptoms – like rapid heart rate, muscle tension, and headaches. With symptoms that can seem similar, it can be difficult to know what to do. Should you seek professional help or work on deep breathing and mindfulness?
Stress is a response to a threat in a situation, while Anxiety is a reaction to the stress. Stress can be positive or negative. Anxiety interferes with your ability to do the things you normally do, so it’s always negative.
Stress is a normal reaction, but Anxiety, on the other hand, is a sustained mental health disorder that can be triggered by the stress. Anxiety doesn’t usually go away. Anxiety stays around and can cause problems with relationships, jobs, and other important areas of your life.
- Practice relaxation breathing
- Practice mindfulness
- Do daily exercises
- Keep a journal
- Get creative
- Listen to slow, relaxing music
When Should You Seek Help?
If the anxiety interferes with your life, and you can’t get through the day. If it doesn’t respond well to deep breathing and exercise or any other relaxation techniques. If you are having flashbacks, deep depression, and phobias that stop you from living well.