Stress and Anxiety


According to the American Medical Association 75% to 95% of all doctor visits are stress related.

What is Stress?

Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever-increasing demands of life.  Surveys show that many Americans experience challenges with stress at some point during the year.

In looking at the causes of stress, remember that your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection.  When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones to fuel your capacity for a response.  This has been labeled the “fight-or-flight” response.

Once the threat is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal relaxed state.  Unfortunately, the nonstop stress of modern life means that your alarm system rarely shuts off.   watch-360-photography-turntable-video

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The dangers of stress.

Anxiety and prolonged stress  takes a terrible toll on our health. It impairs the immune system that causes, or contributes, to many health problems including allergies, dependency, heart disease, digestive issues, and weight gain, just to name a few.

Over time, stress not only wears your body down physically, but it impairs your immune system.  It also threatens your mental well being.

How much stress do we have?

In order to determine your risk from stress, you first need to determine your stress factors and analyze their impact.  The first step in any solution is clearly identifying the problem.

You should know that stress is not always caused by problems or negative factors.   Positive events also can be stressful. If you got married, started a new job and bought a new house in the same year, you could have a high stress level.  While negative events in general are more stressful, it is important to also assess positive changes in your life.

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How can we manage our stress?

Once you’ve identified your stress triggers, you can start thinking about strategies for dealing with them.  Identifying what aspect of the situation you can control is a good starting point.

We all respond to stress differently so, there’s no “one size fits all” solution to managing stress. But if you feel like the stress in your life is out of control, it’s time to take action. Stress management can teach you healthier ways to cope with stress, help you reduce its harmful effects, and prevent stress from spiraling out of control again in the future.

No matter how powerless you may feel in the face of stress, you still have control over your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems. Stress management involves changing the stressful situation when you can, changing your reaction when you can’t, taking care of yourself, and making time for rest and relaxation. The first step is to recognize the true sources of stress in your life.