Anxiety and Stress
Usually, when we talk about anxiety and stress, we consider them equal. However, this is not a correct viewpoint. Rather, we should know that there is a clear difference between anxiety and stress.
Namely, stress is something derived from the pressure we have been exposed to. Thus, it is heavily influenced by external factors. Anxiety, on the other hand, possibly directly influenced by stress we have been exposed to previously, is a state of mind where we feel nervousness or dread, fearing things which have not yet happened, being very pessimistic and having negative attitudes interwoven by frustration and fear. We usually know the reasons behind stress. With anxiety, however, we do not know why we are nervous, but we are, excessively.
As far as anxiety is concerned, there are many causes behind it. There are claims that it is a genetic thing, transferred through family. However, there is also a chance of being an anxious person if your parents have been anxious and nervous, due to the fact that you have been observing their behavior, looking up to them.
All in all, both stress and anxiety are heavily subjective and affect different people, depending on their thoughts and perception of the world. Thus, some people react to stress through experiencing sweaty palms and shaky hands, while some go to the extent of vomiting, fainting or suffering from anxiety attacks.
Anxiety can be good, when experienced in moderation, only occasionally. However, in the long run, it can have catastrophic effects on our health.
Fighting Stress and Anxiety
One of the most commonly used treatments for stress and anxiety are medications. However, these usually cause more side-effects than actual positive effects, being, therefore, a bad choice.
Many people claim how a good lifestyle change can be all you need in order to fight off anxiety. Exercising regularly can trigger the release of endorphins, our body's natural painkillers, which can remove stress and anxiety, making you feel relaxed and healthy.
Finally, many people have managed to fight anxiety through hypnotherapy where their attitudes are changed so that they take a different outlook on life. Moreover, there is a special branch of psychotherapy, called neurolinguistic programming, where patients are taught how to reprogram their patterns of thought, making themselves more resistant to anxiety and stress. Thus, you have plenty of methods to choose from, make sure you choose wisely and get rid of stress completely.