Coping With Anxiety

Feeling a little bit stressed is part and parcel of being a parent these days. Poor sleep can make a simple situation seem worse than it is, and all around we can be guilty of feeling a little uptight in certain situations.

Stress can often be confused with anxiety, when in actual fact they are two very different feelings. The terms are often used interchangeably, which we really shouldn’t do as they require different actions to relieve the feeling. Do you know the difference between stress and anxiety?

The Difference Between Stress And Anxiety | It can be hard to pin point what the feelings you have are. This post is about identifying anxiety and what you can do to help

I often get anxiety about visiting new places. I am guilty of sticking to my comfort zone and avoiding unfamiliar places if I am alone. If I know I am going to be visiting somewhere new, be it a hospital appointment, meeting someone in a restaurant or locating a particular meeting room when I was working, the anxiety can set it days before.

It will niggle at the back of my mind. I will run scenarios through my head, play out the “what ifs” and be unable to relax. For me, it is a feeling of constantly being on edge. I am unable to relax, or simply switch off. I am very lucky that I don’t have anxiety about new places if I have someone coming with me, it is only if I know I will be going alone.

To help you spot the symptoms of anxiety, Kalms have produced this great infographic. If you find that you are suffering with anxiety on a regular basis then ask your pharmacist about some over the counter products that may help you, or visit your GP. There are things that can be done to help.

The Difference Between Stress And Anxiety | infographic

Alternatively you can watch this short video which can help you understand what you are experiencing.

The post was written in collaboration with Kalms.

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  1. 14th July 2017 / 12:00 am

    This is such a helpful inforgraphic! It would be great to have it up in work places to keep up awareness!

  2. 14th July 2017 / 12:31 am

    I had CBT to help with my PND and anxiety. it was lifechanging

  3. 14th July 2017 / 12:45 am

    The symptoms part of the infographic’s so helpful, thank you for sharing it x

  4. Hannah
    14th July 2017 / 12:29 am

    I think Laura’s idea of having this up in workplaces is fab. I suffer with anxiety and I think a big part of the battle at times is noticing the symptoms. Great infographic, anything to raise awareness is fab!

  5. 14th July 2017 / 10:22 am

    I suffer with intermittent anxiety and that’s bad enough! The infographic is really helpful to those who just aren’t sure about the differences and it’s nice to keep the awareness going x

  6. 14th July 2017 / 3:51 pm

    This is really useful. I don’t normally suffer too badly from anxiety, but since we have started the process of moving house I have had some awful days! Thanks for sharing.

  7. 14th July 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Such a useful infographic. It really is important to notice when stress is turning into anxiety. Thanks for helping spread awareness.

  8. 14th July 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Wow this is full of info! I definitely agree with Laura, thank you so much for sharing, things like this need to be out there x

  9. 14th July 2017 / 10:58 pm

    For a while I had no idea i was suffering with anxiety, I had no clue my symptoms were pointing to it and no one ever talked about it. Having that poster around workplaces/schools etc would be helpful to so many people.

  10. 16th July 2017 / 8:36 am

    Great infographic. A lot of times I put my symptoms down to stress but it’s only when I stop and really look at what is causing it that I realise it’s actually anxiety. Once I’ve recognised what I’m anxious about I find it easier to control the situation, although the anxiety itself doesn’t go away I can stop it spilling out into other areas of my life x

  11. 16th July 2017 / 9:47 pm

    You sound exactly like me – I’m ok if someone is with me but I seriously struggle doing new things alone, and it’s even worse if I have to drive somewhere new. I have never really admitted my anxiety though, or got help for it…but it helps that I am aware that this is why I struggle sometimes! X

  12. 19th July 2017 / 11:48 pm

    This is a great video and infographic, I do wonder if some people mis diagnose themselves. Mine is most definitely stress as I feel a lot better at the weekends. As a result Im trying not to take too much additional work on… although I am not good at saying no!

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