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Stress is the body’s response to difficult, pressured, or worrisome circumstances. Stress can cause both physical and emotional tension. Symptoms of stress include headaches, muscle soreness, fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety and irritability.

Anxiety is the body’s way of preparing itself to deal with a threat or to deal with future stressful events. This is often referred to as the Fight or Flight Response. While this response is normal and happens as part of the body’s natural response to stress, this response can also happen at inappropriate times or too frequently, as in the case of anxiety disorders.

Anxiety can include both physical and mental symptoms such as fear, nervousness, nausea, sweating, increased blood pressure and heart rate, feelings of apprehension or dread, difficulty concentrating, irritability, restlessness, panic attacks and many others.

Many of the symptoms mentioned above can escalate into chronic health conditions and become more difficult to deal with. Anxiety can often lead to depression. And the reverse is also true, depression can lead to anxiety.

Stress and anxiety can have a debilitating effect on your physical, mental and spiritual health. It’s pretty much impossible to achieve or maintain holistic health (balance of body, mind and spirit) when you are stressed out or anxious about things such as your health, body, family, relationships, money, work, career or business. For some people stress and anxiety can come from something many of us take for granted, simply having to leave the house and go out into public and handle being around people.

So now that you know more about what stress and anxiety is, and the negative impact it can have on your health, you may be wondering how you can deal with it. While many people turn to medications, more and more people are looking for safe alternatives. Given you are reading this article; you too may be interested in learning about natural ways to relieve stress and anxiety.

There are many natural choices available when it comes to alleviating stress and anxiety. One of the benefits of dealing with stress and anxiety naturally, is that you can do so without creating additional side effects, which can in some cases, lead to additional stress. And that my friend is not what we are looking to do!

For natural ways to alleviate stress and anxiety check out my blog post 3 Ways To Relieve Stress And Anxiety Naturally.

Julie