Stress VS Anxiety
First of all, people often mistake daily life stressors as anxiety. Clinically speaking, anxiety is defined as "a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension." Stress caused by life's demands can certainly take their toll on someone but, by definition, is different than anxiety.
I don't want to come across as dismissive of someone's experience but it's important to make the distinction because they way of going about how to work on mitigating the symptoms of both vary.
Stress. Every single person on earth has it. Levels vary because of a whole host of reason, such as work, family, sleep, diet, caffeine consumption and sugar consumption to name a few. The goal is to not take away all stress because it's part of who we are. Stress is there to keep us alive. Stress is there to create a sense of urgency. Stress allows us to keep growing as people and striving to better ourselves. The hard part is to keep levels of stress at a manageable level.
Here are a few tips to help mitigate daily life stressors: •Get restful sleep! •Do some mindfulness practices (deep breathing, meditation, floating, art, writing,etc). •Eat nourishing foods- more and more research is coming out about gut health and how it effects brain chemistry. •Write out what's causing you stress and what, if anything, can you do about the things causing you stress. Write a list of things to do for the day from most important to least important. •Laugh- watch/listen to some comedy or talk to a friend that makes you laugh. •Workout- go for a walk. Do some yoga at home. Just move your body. •Talk to a Qualified professional (your buddy at the bar doesn't qualify). If someone comes to you with these issues, encourage them to get professional help. You can make suggestions of what has helped you manage stress but it's not your job to be someone's therapist.
Also, many people find tremendous benefits from seeing a therapist. Stress management is a skill that isn't always taught and often times becomes something that someone realizes they need when things are really getting out of hand. Mounting daily stress can lead to a host of physical an