Stress and anxiety are really one and the same, although stress can exacerbate anxious thoughts and feelings, especially when the mind is having to deal with something unprecedented like coronavirus and the uncertainty we are all facing and with it is bring about physiological symptoms like panic attacks, sweating, nausea, vomiting, palpitations and headache, to name a few. But, the good news is that you can learn to embrace and get over any anxious thoughts and stress, by having a positive mental attitude. Find my other blogs and answers to your questions by clicking here.
Some stress and anxiety is a good thing and is just nature’s way of keeping you out of danger, or what it perceives as a dangerous situation and very often the perception is based on false brain messages or what I refer to as the ‘monster’ inside your head. You can retrain your brain to see things differently, to see things for what they really are. Of course, sometimes your monster is right and on the odd occasion you do need to be kept safe, but very often you don’t need any help, just the reassurance that some stress is very good for you and you shouldn’t shy away from it, embrace it and thank it for being there. Find out how you can learn to deal with anxiety and the monster inside by downloading my Free Easy to Breath Exercise.
Stress is the mind and body’s natural way of dealing with something it doesn’t normally have to deal with. For example, you might feel some mild stress when you have to give your first presentation to a group of strangers, learn to drive or take an examination, this is known as Eustress – good stress, the stress which keeps your mind and your determination to succeed active. What you need to avoid is distress which is overwhelming and as such can lead to anxiety and depression.
Eustress helps us stay focused and driven to achieve greatness, it helps athletes run their best race, it lets artists and actors do their best work. Exciting stress causes a positive chemical reaction in the brain and encourages and empowers your emotional, psychological and physical development.
On the other hand, distress causes anxious thoughts and feelings because your emotional, physical and mental abilities are stretched and inadequate to support the demands you are facing.
In order to maintain your mental wellbeing, there needs to be a healthy balance of stress because it is a normal part of life. You may not have complete control over some of the negative stress you encounter, but it is necessary to look for ways to include increased incidences of Eustress in your life.
To end the right sort of stress is positive and although the physiological symptoms of anxiety, like panic attacks, palpitations, etc can be difficult to understand at times and very uncomfortable, they only last on average, depending on the individual (from my own personal experience around 20–30 minutes on average) and the circumstances, but with the right help, knowledge and support can be easily alleviated.
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