The Impact of Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are nearly ubiquitous in our society. Sometimes this is a good thing - like when we prepare for a big presentation or exam because we're worried about doing well - but many other times stress and anxiety contribute to physical problems (e.g., high blood pressure), psychological distress, or an inability to accomplish daily tasks. Recognizing the signs of anxiety and having some basic stress management techniques can go a long way in improving your health and wellbeing. If you continue having trouble managing your daily anxiety, working with a professional psychologist could help. 

Common Signs of Stress

  1. Chronic worry
  2. Excessive muscle tension
  3. Headaches or stomachaches
  4. Digestive issues
  5. Chills or hot flashes
  6. Trouble sleeping

Basic Stress Management Skills

  1. Exercise 30 minutes at least 3x/week
  2. Take 5 - 10 deep "belly" breaths
  3. Pause and notice the world around you - pay attention to the sights, sounds, smells, textures, etc. of your environment
  4. Limit caffeine and alcohol
  5. Practice positive "self-talk" 

Note: If you are experiencing significant physical symptoms that are not clearly attributable to anxiety, please consult with a medical professional. This information is not meant to replace adequate medical care.