You may blame your immune system or ill health for that pounding headache, sleep problems,  feeling unwell, tiresome low energy, mood swings or restlessness. But stress may really be the cause. Research suggests that stress can bring on or worsen certain symptoms as observed in your body, mind, emotions, relationships, performance, and behaviour.

Is stress and anxiety the same thing?

No, the big difference between stress and anxiety is the presence of a specific trigger. Stress is any demand or pressure placed on your mind, emotions, or physical body. Any event or scenario that makes you feel edgy, anxious, overwhelmed, frustrated or panic-stricken can trigger it. Stress is typically tied to a specific situation or trigger like deadline, workload, bills, being late, exam, traffic, interview, first date, death scare, and accident. Once that situation resolves, so does your stress.

Anxiety is an intense feeling of fear, worry, or nervousness. While it can occur as a reaction to stress, anxiety can also happen without any obvious trigger or specific situation.

Stress and anxiety are closely linked, and both involve identical symptoms, including trouble sleeping or breathing, digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, feeling light-headed or dizzy, muscle tension, shaking or trembling, increased sweating, fast breathing, racing heart, irregular heartbeat, restlessness, irritability, crying spells, and anger outbursts.

Should You Be Concerned About Stress?

Yes, particularly when it’s persistent, unbearable, and incapacitating. It’s natural and normal to be stressed occasionally. Most people experience some feelings of stress and anxiety at some point, and that isn’t necessarily a “bad” thing. After all, both can sometimes be a helpful motivator to accomplish daunting tasks or do things you’d rather not, but really should and a good bodyguard to be more alert to looming danger or threat.

If left untreated, stress can worsen and negatively affect your quality of life or work, daily functions, task performance, productivity, mood, sleep, and relationships. Stress that is ongoing, and not managed or not dealt with can be debilitating and lead to many health problems, such as low immunity, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and diabetes. When stress begins to interfere with your health and daily functioning, you should seek professional help immediately.

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