I want to share with you some alarming statistics about stress, anxiety and worry. Not to scare you, but to inform you. We are living through a media storm of not good news coming at us rapid fire. Most of the strong, confident clients that I deal with are feeling the strain themselves. So I want to share with you what we are discussing as immediate and stress relieving solutions. 

But first, here are some stats that also need to be shared: 

Did You Know?

  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.
  • Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country’s $148 billion total mental health bill, according to “The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders,” a study commissioned by ADAA (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(7), July 1999).
    • More than $22.84 billion of those costs are associated with the repeated use of health care services; people with anxiety disorders seek relief for symptoms that mimic physical illnesses.
  • People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
  • Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. 

Stress is the cause of anxiety.  

  • Worrying about worrying too much
  • No sleeping
  • Physical reactions to stress that make us feel ill
  • Deciding we are strong enough that we don’t need to do anything for our stress

Ok, now you have the facts about anxiety and how pervasive it is, here are tips for you to not have your stress turn into anxiety. 
 
What do the experts recommend to catch the stress we are feeling and experiencing before it turns into constant anxiety? 

  • Unplug
  • Turn off the media
  • Stop discussing what you cannot control
  • Breathe through the worry
  • Exercise
  • Socialize and find some great people to hang with
  • GET SOME SLEEP

We are getting hit from all sides with the goings on of the world.  Much we cannot control.  We aren’t even sure what we would do about it even if we could.  Humans HATE feeling out of control.  When we feel this way, we want to express our frustrations; anger; and opinions.  Then our bodies start producing the “fight or flight” chemicals and especially cortisol.  Cortisol is good for intermittent issues, but feeling stressed 24/7 wears out the body and cortisol becomes a toxic chemical in our body.
 
“Dear God Natalie, don’t you have any good news?”
 
Yes I do.
 
UNPLUG.  Whatever that means to you, just do it. Find a spot, without media and your device, with some people or a great book; music; hobby and enjoy. You need the rest from being bombarded with overwhelming stimuli.
 
Let me know if I can help.  I am here for you.
 
To our rest and successful resilience,


 

P.S. Deep Breathing Exercises for Anxiety by Angira Lisbon. Stress, panic, and anxiety are a part of daily modern life, and the longer they are ignored, the worse they become. While some people are lucky enough to find their own internal calm, most just pretend to be fine until these problems lead to graver health issues like heart complications, respiratory disorders, or panic attacks.  If you want to learn how to defeat anxiety and stress immediately, quietly, and without even having to physically isolate yourself from your surroundings, then this book is for you! Click here.

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