Hi, my dear reader! Do you know, what is the difference between anxiety and stress? Some time ago I wrote an article on this topic, and today I represent the second part of my first post.
There is a difference between anxiety and stress, and we all need to understand it if we want to reduce stress and anxiety.
What is the Difference Between Anxiety and Stress?
There is a difference between them, however, it’s not always clearly seen and felt. Stress is caused by a factor called stressor. But anxiety continues after stressor is gone and sometimes felt for a long period.
Remember, what causes one person to be stressed out not necessary mean stress for another.
One of stress negative effects is anxiety.
What is stress?
Stress is your body’s reaction to something that upsets your normal balance in life. It is your response when you feel threatened.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of unease when you are worrying about something like an exam. When you are facing something difficult, it’s normal and even positive to feel anxious.
Interestingly, sources of information look at stress and anxiety differently which sometimes can be confusing.
2 Ways To Know The Difference Between Anxiety and Stress
1. Anxiety continues even if the problem is solved
Even if the stressor is gone, anxiety holds one and keeps interfering with your life. For example, anxiety can be related to work stresses and this person has insomnia. But then this person got a new job, and he was happy and free of anxiety. Right? Oh, no, he still wasn’t able to sleep and was worrying about something else than usually. He couldn’t get free of anxiety.
Anxiety is stress that continues after the stressor is gone (U.S. National Library of Medicine).
2. A panic attack is a sign of anxiety
Remember that a panic attack isn’t the state of feeling very panicked. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, it is a very specific experience that involves sweating, pounding heartbeat, trembling, chest pains and nausea.
Usually, a panic attack begins suddenly, and many people go to the emergency room when they experience it, because it feels like a heart attack.
If you experience anxiety or stress, you need to talk to someone you trust and love, and I am sure you will feel better afterward. There are also a lot of stress relief tips that can help you.
Now you understand a little more about the difference between stress and anxiety.
How often do you experience stress and anxiety? Do you feel the difference?
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