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There is no surprise that stress can cause anxiety and that anxiety can and will cause stress. They go hand-in-hand.  While my new program, Burning the Candle at Both Ends, is available online (yes, from the comfort of your own home), I thought I would preview a bit of the reasons why stress and anxiety are linked on today’s blog.

According to Healthline, “Stress can be triggered by an event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. Examples of normal stress and anxiety include worrying about finding a job, feeling nervous before a big test, or being embarrassed in certain social situations.”  I wholeheartedly agree with this notion.  Frustrated, nervous, fear, worry…. they all feel the same and these emotions all have the same impact on your body.

Stress and anxiety can produce both physical and psychological symptoms. Common physical symptoms include:

  • rapid breathing
    fast heartbeat
    sweating
    shaking
    dizziness
    frequent urination
    diarrhea
    fatigue

Both stress and anxiety can also create internal feelings of impending doom, panic or nervousness (especially in social settings), difficulty concentrating, irrational anger, and – worst of all- restlessness , especially when everything is too quite.

Not all stress and anxiety are alike, either. And, on occasion, there are some medications that can actually make you feel nervous, shaky, and have panic attacks or become overly stressed.  For example, thyroid medications, asthma inhalers, and diet pills can cause panic attacks. And the regular use of caffeine, cocaine, and alcohol can make symptoms related to generalized anxiety disorder or stress far worse.

Stress and anxiety shouldn’t be dealt with alone. You do need an outside perspective to help you understand not only your environment, but your reaction to it and how it is impacting your health.  I’m always available to set-up a session and discuss your needs. I also encourage you to check out my latest program, which helps with the feelings of overwhelming anxiety, by clicking here: https://thejoyofliving.co/candle/

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