Stress is part of life especially in a modern day world of fast-paced living with technology that allows us to be available 24/7. Being overly anxious is not just a mental state, it’s a physical one too. Undue stress and anxiety have damaging effects on the brain and the rest of the body. The more stressed out we are, the more vulnerable we are to colds, flu, and a host of chronic or life-threatening illnesses—and the less open we are to the beauty and pleasure of life.
It is normal to encounter specific situations that may trigger stress and anxiety. Some typical examples are going to the dentist, speaking in public, meeting your boss, undergoing an operation or travelling on an aeroplane.
A situation that makes us feel vulnerable or scared is likely to create an uncomfortable list of anxious symptoms: heart palpitations, sweaty palms, shortness of breath, digestive issues, and negative thoughts.