What is the difference between stress and anxiety? Both are specific emotional states, but stress is usually caused by an external trigger (work, fight, poverty, discrimination, chronic illness). Stress is usually reason for a whole range of mental and physical symptoms - irritability, anger, fatigue, muscle pain, troubled digestion and disordered sleep. Anxiety is a prolonged, persistent, excessive worry that remains even after the trigger has passed. Consequences are very similar: trouble sleeping, attention difficulties, fatigue, muscle tension, irritability.
Both anxiety and stress can be managed by physical activity, high quality and high variety of food, good sleep. If this does not improve the emotional state sufficiently, psychologist or psychotherapist can help greatly. Ignored, both stress and anxiety may lead to development of the disorders, such as agoraphobia, compulsive behavior (like constant washing of hands), panic attacks or many other forms of anxiety.
If you feel like this - you are quite normal, up to 20 percent of people have phases of high anxiety or stress. And it is definitely something that can be helped.
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