Stress & Anxiety 

Learn how to better manage stress and anxiety


“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.”

- Dan Millman

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Stress

| a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

HOw would you describe Stress?

  • Stress is normal… there is no getting around it.

  • Stress is what happens when I’m under a great deal of pressure?

  • Stress is something that I cannot avoid.

  • Stress is something that I can learn how to manage.

  • Stress is treatable with medication.

  • Stress is preventable with the right mindset.

  • Stress is unbearable, overwhelming and too much to handle.

  • Stress is manageable and I’m going to learn how to do it.

HOW DOES STRESS AFFECT YOU?

  • I experience physical pain while dealing with stress. I get headaches, migraines, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, etc…

  • I experience emotional pain. I may withdraw, become depressed, worry, become angry or even have panic attacks.

  • I struggle with compulsive behaviors while dealing with stress. I tend to go toward drinking, sex, eating or substance abuse help me cope.

  • I have trouble sleeping or I find myself sleeping too much while dealing with stress. Either way, I find it difficult to keep up with my responsibilities during stressful times.

HOW DO YOU MANAGE STRESS?

I tend to take the negative route, for example:

  • Drinking

  • Substance abuse

  • Sex

  • Food

I tend to take the positive route, for example:

  • Exercise

  • Meditation

  • Seeking help


Anxiety

| a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

how would you describe anxiety?

  • Anxiety is what I experience when I’m under a lot of stress.

  • Anxiety is extreme… sometimes I even avoid doing things when I’m feeling anxious.

  • Anxiety stops me from speaking up when I get around certain people.

  • Anxiety causes me to worry a lot about loosing things.

  • Anxiety is uncontrollable… and I can’t stop the urges I get when I’m anxious.

  • Anxiety takes over my life.

  • Anxiety makes me nervous about going to work, school or other places.

  • Anxiety is treatable with the right medications.

  • Anxiety is manageable and I’m going to learn how to do it.



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