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Is It Stress, Anxiety, or Something Else?

How correctly identifying and labeling your emotions can help you work through them.

It can be difficult to determine and name your feelings. Especially when some are often incorrectly used interchangeably. For example, it is fairly common to use “stressed”, “worried”, “anxious” in similar situations. However, they are different feelings, and we need to label them as such. Correctly identifying your emotions can help how you overcome them.

Stress can appear both mentally and physically in the forms of irritability, frustration, indigestion, not being able to fall asleep, and in many more ways. Anxiety can show up similarly, however, the difference is that typically stress is brought on by an external event or trigger and is temporary. For example, a difficult test or even a conflict with a friend can bring upon stress. 

On the other hand, those with an anxiety disorder experience intense feelings of persistent fear and distress that won’t go away. These feelings may be so overwhelming they prevent the person from doing everyday activities or even sleeping. Most of the time, there isn’t one specific event or trigger that the anxiety can be tied to. In addition, the symptoms tend to last for a longer amount of time. 

If you have feelings of anxiety that are impacting your everyday life, reach out for help. A therapist can help you determine the best way to work through those feelings when they show up.

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