On a physical level stress feels uncomfortable and our first impulse is to move away from the feelings of agitation which stress or anxiety causes. Looked at objectively our physical response to stress is very similar to when we are excited about something. Our heart rate increases, we have a heightened sense of awareness and we become restless. At its most positive, stress provides the motivation for change in our lives.
However, if this motivation for action is frustrated then stress can move closer to anxiety, a chronic state of restlessness which can interfere with our ability to establish restorative sleep patterns, eat properly relate to our friends and work colleagues harmoniously. The ability to go about our daily lives is compromised, and the compulsion for self-medication can be disastrous in the long term.
Anxiety can develop as a result of many issues including sustained and unreasonable work place demands, it can also be a response to overt or covert bullying at work or at home, it can result from financial pressures, moving home, the experience of health issues, or it can surface if you are being frozen out of work, health, social or recreational opportunities. As a chronic condition the causes of your anxiety may be hard to pinpoint, however by looking at your emotional responses to issues in your life the source of your restlessness will become clear.
Anxiety can also be contagious, so if you're normally relaxed but find yourself unaccountably restless and unsettled it could be that you have fallen into the orbit of someone close to you who is anxious. Those who are empathic or sensitive, those who are naturally helpful, or those who grew up in highly stressed environments seem to be at higher risk of being effected by their partners anxiety.
Excercise, meditation, breathing techniques and restorative sleep are all essential for the management of anxiety and stress. Counselling.melbourne offers support for new exercise regimes as well as relaxation and mindfulness sessions which can help you get on top of your stress levels.
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