Healthy Stress vs. Unhealthy Anxiety

Hey everyone, Anna here,

In this week’s video, I talk about the healthy stress that we all experience in our everyday lives, versus the unhealthy, generalized anxiety that some of us suffer on a weekly or even daily basis.

The roots of our daily stress go back to the ancient, adrenaline-induced “fight-or-flight” response that is instinctual in all of us. Imagine a time long ago. You are walking in the woods, when you spot a bear and her cub. The bear becomes aggressive. You, the vulnerable human that you are, and with no gun to protect you, dash away in a panic, the adrenaline that’s coursing through your veins enabling you to run, leap and climb in a manner you could never imagine in a more normal state.

But of course, stress needn’t be, and usually isn’t so intense. Healthy stress is the motivator that gets us out of the house on time each morning. It’s what spurs us to action when we realize we have a few too many things on the calendar one week, or when our day gets swamped with unforeseen chores and tasks. This is when our stress acts as force for good. Without that little motivator, we couldn’t manage our lives.

But when we start worrying about things that haven’t happened yet, that could happen, or that might even never happen, we start edging over into the territory of unhealthy anxiety. When we start feeling like that bear in the woods could be waiting for us around any corner, it might be time to seek help.

If you struggle with generalized anxiety, we can dig down to the roots of your issue and we can work together to get you back on track, managing your daily tasks without feelings of panic, and enjoying life again.

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