is the difference between Stress and Anxiety?
am often asked this question by clients coming to see me because they
are given this 'label' and no further explanation is offered.
basic explanation is that Stress is a response to daily pressures
such as Exams, Divorce, Moving House, Bereavement, and Anxiety is an
adverse side effect of this. Anxiety is classed as a legitimate
does this mean for you?, are you stressed or anxious or depressed?
If so what can you do to rid it from you life?
my personal opinion, giving yourself a label is not always useful.
It may mean that your GP can prescribe mood enhancers or stress
inhibitors to help you through a difficult time which is ok if it is
a temporary situation, but this does not help you to take action to
deal with the root cause of the stress or anxiety. It may also
leave you in a mindset of failure of thinking perhaps 'well that's it
I am on medication there is nothing I can do, I have a mental
illness'. This does not provoke you to take action to move on to
change that way of thinking and get your life back.
get me wrong I am not against GP prescribed medication in the short
term as it can be extremely beneficial, but your GP does not have
time to sit with you and find out the causes of this to help you to
deal with them at source.
concerns are not based on how bad I think things are for you, that
would be my judgement and may be very wrong. What I am concerned
with is how it affects you and what you can do to alleviate it and
live a happier life. I will then find the tools and resources
necessary to move you forward to a happier today and a more
this sound like you? If so, how can you take action to change that
negative mindset?. This is where Therapy comes in. There really
should not be any 'shame' or 'embarrassment' in seeking help from
someone who can view the situation from the outside, and offer you
new skills and ways of thinking to free yourself from this anxiety.
Taking the opportunity to learn new 'life skills' in fact is a way in
which you can take back control of your life now and in the future,
because once you have learnt how to change negative thinking you can
use it during future stressful situations.
this does sound like you then NOW is the time to take positive
action. Either ask your GP for a referral, or seek your own
experienced Therapist who can help you to move forward resourcefully
with your life and live it to the full again.