Click HERE for a video by Dr. Manny on the effects of stress and anxiety on physical health.
According to WebMd, there are many different types of anxiety diagnoses. Anxiety is a mental illness with physical, social, emotional, and psychological repercussions. In high stress situations (such as work and graduate school), stress can trigger physiological reactions promoting anxiety reactions.
How do I deal with stress? Well, making a list of things that decrease stress can be a start. Hobbies, mini “breaks,” exercise, and proper nutrition can all aid in decreasing anxiety. Moreover, small steps (such as decreasing caffeine consumption 4 hours before bed) can help improve sleep quality and enable the mind to manage stress productively. If sleep quality is consistently low, you may want to go to a sleep center to see if you have a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders have physiological and psychological consequences and can even mimic or cause symptoms such as: fatigue, depression, high blood pressure, etc.
The body is a complex system. It is important to start with small interventions/actions to treat stress and anxiety and then build to more medical and/or psychological treatments. Medical does not necessarily equal medicine. It can mean discovering a sleep disorder – like sleep apnea – and using a machine to improve oxygen flow or REM quality. There is even a product called ZEO that measures sleep patterns to help you improve sleep quality, and notice patterns that may be warning signs. Click the picture to check out ZEO. Click HERE to watch the video by Dr. Manny on the effects of stress.