Put differently, unease can come of stress. The disease can come of the aftermath of stress.
Gabrielle Moss 1, “On the surface, it can be hard to see any difference between stress and anxiety: after all, they’re both the negative emotional experiences that can make you feel exhausted and edgy, steal your focus, and leave you spending your nights sleepless and frantic.
But confusing anxiety and stress isn’t a harmless mix-up — figuring out whether you’re dealing with anxiety or stress is one of the most important elements in figuring out how to make yourself feel better.
In brief, stress is generally a temporary experience, while anxiety is a sustained mental health issue. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues in the U.S., with an estimated 40 million adults dealing with an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Stress, meanwhile, is simply your body’s reaction to a change or a challenge, which can vary in length and severity.
- Stress Is Usually The Result Of External Pressures
- Anxiety Keeps Hanging Around After The Problem Is Resolved
- Anxiety Involves Needless Worry
- Panic Attacks Are A Sign Of Anxiety, Not Stress.”
Prince Harry’s Story2, “It was heartbreaking that shame and stigma kept Prince Harry quiet for far too long after the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in a car crash in 1997. Breaking his silence helps both him and thousands of other children who should be spared years of pain.
Evidence-based, trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy used with children and their caregivers tackles the onslaught of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors after a tragic death that can derail a young person.
As Prince Harry bravely reveals, left untreated, the resulting avoidance, overwhelming emotion and unsuccessful coping can interfere with life. Treated sooner after a life-altering event, children can learn to openly address what felt unspeakable and forge a productive path.”
Rebecca Temsen3, “Here are nine great tips to help you accomplish this goal:”
- Take a Step Back From Your Problem
One of the best ways to regain a positive view of life is to take a break from whatever it is that has allowed negativity to take over your daily thoughts.
- Focus on Your Goals
When life throws you a curve ball, it is easy to lose sight–at least temporarily–of your goals.
If you find yourself depressed or discouraged about circumstances, sit down and focus once again on the overall goals you have for your life.
- Think About the Solution, Not the Problem
If you are facing a major problem, try talking about potential solutions instead of the problem itself.
- Seek Encouragement From Positive People.
When circumstances have made you feel defeated, meet with a friend or family member you know will encourage you.
- Count Your Blessings
If you are lost about how to solve your problem, you likely have other good things in your career or life in general on which you can focus.
- Time Marches On
Almost every bad circumstance eventually passes, and life gets back to normal.
Reminding yourself that time goes on is often helpful if you are faced with an adverse situation.
- Strengthen Your Mind
Anything you can do to enhance your thoughts will help you immensely when you are faced with stressful situations.
If possible, give yourself at least one hour a day to nurture your spirit, body, and mind.
- Focus on Personal Growth
Enrolling in courses or seeking to improve yourself through diet and exercise are activities that ensure you are always expanding, which in turn leads to a higher level of self-confidence.
- Keep a Positive Attitude at all Times
Try your best not to define yourself by the environment around you.
It is often hard to keep a positive attitude if you are continuously in a negative atmosphere.
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- Gabrielle Moss, 4 Ways To Tell The Difference Between Stress & Anxiety, bustle.com/articles/136328-4-ways-to-tell-the-difference-between-stress-anxiety,Jan 18 2016
- Prince Harry’s Trauma and Bravery, Robin F. Goodman
NEW YORK, a clinical psychologist, is executive director and program director of A Caring Hand, a nonprofit that serves grieving children and families.in,nytimes.com/2017/04/20/opinion/prince-harrys-trauma-and-bravery
- Rebecca Temsen, 9 Ways To Stay Positive In Difficult Times