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Anxietyandstressforblog

  1. 1. Anxiety and Stress
  2. 2. What is anxiety? • It is a normal feeling that everybody experiences • It is a natural response to help us avoid dangerous situation • It motivates us to solve everyday problems • It can occur in a variety of circumstances • Varies in severity and can range from mild uneasiness to a panic attack • CMHA; 2013
  3. 3. Symptoms of anxiety • Fear • Inappropriate worry • Decreased attention and concentration • Environment feels unreal and unfamiliar • Easily distracted, irritability • Muscle ache and tension • Dry mouth • Dizziness • Short of breath • Chest pain • CMHA:2013
  4. 4. What is stress? • Stress is the way we respond to change in our lives • The way our bodies react • Stress does not necessarily have to be caused by something negative • Even imagined change can cause stress
  5. 5. What is stress? • It gives us energy to try harder and keeps us alert • Stress actually begins in our brains and it is expressed in our body • Once we perceive a stress our body sends out chemical messengers in the form of stress hormones to help our bodies handle it
  6. 6. Physical Symptoms of stress • Tension • Fatigue • Insomnia • Muscle aches • Appetite change • Headaches • Restlessness • Butterflies in the stomach • Back pain • Heart disease • High blood pressure • Decreased immunity • Sweaty hands • Vomiting • Dryness of throat and mouth • Isha, Richardson, Moore & Gambrel (2010)
  7. 7. Mental/Emotional Symptoms • Forgetfulness • Confusion • Poor concentration • Lethargy • Negativity • Busy mind • Worrying • Irritability • Depression • Anger • Feeling insecure • Burnout • Anxiety • Isha, Richardson, Moore & Gambrel (2010)
  8. 8. Social/Behavioral Symptoms • Lashing out • Lack of intimacy • Isolation • Intolerance • Loneliness • Avoiding social situations • Over or under eating • Increased smoking or drinking • Crying spells • Relationship conflicts • Stuttering • Isha, Richardson, Moore & Gambrel (2010)
  9. 9. Self Care Guidelines • Self-care is the ability to reenergize in a healthy way • Self-care should not be thought of as a luxury but a necessity! • Isha, Richardson, Moore & Gambrel (2010)

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