Everyone has experienced stress and anxiety at some point in their lives. Scientists have proven that stress is not a state of mind but something measurable and dangerous. Stress can do something as subtle as kill your brain cells, shrink your brain, add fat to your body and age you. Stress is caused by an existing stress-causing factor or "stressor". Anxiety is stress that continues after the stressor is gone. Some people can and do cope with the many causes of stress and anxiety, but millions of people everyday can't seem to turn down the voltage.
I don't need to tell you what causes you to be stressed-out. The list is long: poverty, loss of family or friends, loss of job, divorce, no control, disappointments, etc. I will mention P.T.S.D. because I happen to know of a good friend who suffers from the after effects of going to war, and in my opinion that has to be the worst kind of stress, beyond my imagination.
Stress is something we need to attend to today! My personal journey with stress and anxiety has led me to seek help other than just pharmaceutical medications.
I'm not a doctor or a psychiatrist, but I do know there are healthier ways to cope with stress. I meditate and follow these tips for coping: