Stress is real, especially in today's world.

Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that irritating headache, your frequent insomnia, or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the cause. Studies show that stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

How are your body, mind, and behavior affected by stress?

The most common types of anxiety disorders are:

Social anxiety disorder. There is some evidence to suggest that anxiety and feelings of stress can become habit-forming. Dr. Jud Brewer teaches his method of ‘hacking the brain’s reward system to change what he calls the habit loop. The habit loop, according to Dr. Jud provides a sense of control which is your brain's way of dealing with anxious uncertainty.

If you are experiencing feelings of overwhelm and anxiety, here are a few activities you might try to manage those feelings:

When you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed, it is important to remain present and abandon any unproductive coping strategies. Remaining present eliminates allows you to release the worry and control over what might happen in the future. Using distraction to manage stress, may seem productive initially but over time can add to your feelings of anxiety. It is widely decreasing stress in your life is good for your health but how do you really put that into practice.

If the goal is to remain present and practice mindfulness to reduce stress, here are a few tips for a mindfulness practice:

Do your feelings of anxiety and panic are out of control and interfere with your daily activities? Some ways your stress might be interfering with your daily activities:  

If you are struggling and feel that your stress has reached unmanageable levels, contact Compassionate Psychiatric Services. There are alternative treatments available to you through CPS that have worked to reduce and even illuminate those overwhelming feelings of stress. 

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