The Fourth of July is over and it is back to the hustle and bustle of the busy week. When it comes to family, friends, work, and chores; stress and anxiety are not far away. Anxiety is needed for human survival. The fight or flight system allows humans to become alarmed in dangerous situations and to run away from the situation or to fight off the danger. Our bodies often respond to stress and anxiety in the following ways:
· increased heart rate and blood flow to multiple areas of the body, including the brain
· faster breathing
· tensing of muscles
· heightened arousal of senses, including sight, vision and smell
Anxiety is helpful when it comes to taking a test or having a big interview. The anxiety helps an individual to prepare and think about the test and interview before hand. However, sometimes anxiety makes it hard to function and can become overwhelming. If you are feeling too much anxiety, it is not uncommon to be experiencing some of these symptoms:
· Panic or doom
· Discouraged, disappointed or frustrated or
· Helpless to control these overwhelming feelings
The more you try to stop feeling anxious or stressed, the more likely you will increase your feelings of anxiety and stress. Instead of avoiding these feelings, your can learn how to manage all your emotions.
Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety
· Staying active, both physically and mentally
· Talking to others and enjoying their company
· Eating healthy and regularly and not skipping meals.
· Cutting back on sugary foods, caffeine and alcohol
· Getting enough sleep. A good night of sleep includes 5 to 8 hours of deep, uninterrupted sleep.
· Managing your time
· Practicing relaxation, deep breathing or mindfulness techniques
· Practicing skills like being assertive
How do you manage your anxiety and stress?
Corey Campbell is a clinician/trainer with the Human Service Center of Peoria, IL. All thoughts on this blog are representative of only Corey and do not reflect the Human Service Center.