18 Feb Coping with Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety comes in various ways and in various amounts. Stress can come in the form of children arguing in the car or a boss wanting a deadline for a project sooner than later. Stress can debilitate individuals and cause a variety of problems. Stress can even come with good changes in life, such as having a baby or getting promoted at work.
Some symptoms of increased anxiety and stress include:
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty or labored breathing
- Insomnia difficulty shutting off thoughts at night
- Feelings of fear regarding the future outcomes
- Increased perspiration and sweaty hands
- Worry that interferes with regular thoughts of the day
- Stomach indigestion or stomach problems
- Difficulty setting healthy relationship boundaries with others
Symptoms For children:
- Crying spells
- Inability to go to sleep due to anxiety
- Over concern for situations that evoke anxiety
- Cutting or self-harm
In addition to these physical symptoms long-term stress and anxiety causes increase in illness, depression, heart disease, and gastro-intestinal problems.
Getting help for anxiety and stress includes cognitive-behavioral therapy involving changing your thoughts and behaviors that contribute to the anxiety. Increasing calming activities such as prayer and meditation or positive hobbies also are effective. For more help in coping strategies in dealing with anxiety feel free to call and make an appointment today!
Laura Fite LPC
Laura Fite LPC is a therapist at Life Connection Counseling center who sees children, families, and individuals to make positive changes in their lives.