Stress and anxiety are closely related – most people who have one also have the other. Anxiety is one of the emotions that occurs when you perceive that you’re in danger but feel that you can’t do anything about it. The danger could be anything from physical harm to committing a social blunder and feeling embarrassed. And the threat doesn’t have to be real— anxiety results from the perception of danger. You might jump to conclusions about an upcoming event, such as meeting an important work or school deadline, and be unable to get it out of your mind. Preoccupied, you begin worrying (awfulizing), and negative thoughts race through your mind. You feel your heart start to race, your muscles tense, and you become irritable. You snap at people, lose concentration, and soon you’re feeling like you’ve lost control.
There’s a difference between anxiety – as described above – and being concerned. Concern means having a moderate, appropriate degree of stress, which keeps you alert and helps you rise to the occasion and solve problems. Full-blown anxiety, on the other hand, is unproductive. It leads only to thinking and acting desperately without bothering to check out whether your catastrophic perceptions are really accurate. [Read more…] about Negative Emotions