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Anxiety is a natural biological reaction to stresses that can sometimes get out of balance.



The resources here can help you better understand the causes of anxiety and provide useful skills to help keep it in check.

Is it stress of anxiety?

Life can be stressful—you may feel stressed about a traffic, traumatic events (such as a pandemic, natural disaster, or act of violence), or a life change. Everyone feels stress from time to time.

Stress is the physical or mental response to an external cause, such as having a lot of chores or having an illness. A stressor may be a one-time or short-term occurrence, or it can happen repeatedly over a long time.

Anxiety is your body's reaction to stress and can occur even if there is no current threat.

If that anxiety doesn’t go away and begins to interfere with your life, it could affect your health.

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What is Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety now and then. It's a normal emotion. For example, you may feel nervous before taking a test, dealing with a problem at work, or before a job interview. Anxiety is a natural biological reaction to very real everyday stresses. In today's world, that reaction helps prepare us to deal with things we must face, and gives us energy to take action.

Symptoms of Anxiety

While symptoms may vary from person to person, the body typically reacts in a very specific way.

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Set the Mood: Understanding and Directing the Power of Moods

Good News about Bad Moods

Moods clearly have influence over our lives and can leave lasting imprints on physical and mental health. But did you know that both positive and negative moods have a specific function in our lives, helping us to learn from experience and adapt our behavior?

The idea that even negative moods serve a greater purpose is something of a new discovery. It runs counter to the popular “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” school of thought, suggesting that instead of immediately shaking off a bad mood, we may want to take time to learn what the mood is trying to tell us.

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Boundary-setting for Resilience and Healthier Relationships

Don't Be Afraid to Say "No"

Saying no is commonly and incorrectly associated with being selfish or callous. A “yes” will bring a smile from the person doing the asking, and a “no” will probably have the opposite effect. So, we might find ourselves saying yes when we shouldn’t just to make someone else happy or to avoid conflict in the moment. Although setting proper boundaries can feel stressful at first, over time and with practice, it can boost our resilience and promote well-being. It’s not wrong to want to do things for others; but when we want to please too much, and at our own expense, good intentions can leave us feeling resentful and exhausted.

Boundaries are limits we set for ourselves to facilitate reasonable, safe, and healthy ways of interacting with others.

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What We Mean By Self-Care

Self-care is what you do to take care of yourself to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well. Research suggests self-care promotes positive health outcomes, such as fostering resilience, living longer, and becoming better equipped to manage stress.  

Here are a few self-care tips to get you started.

Take time for you. Even if it is 10-minutes each day relaxing by yourself, a little solitude can help you unwind. Sleep better. Your behavior during the day and especially before bedtime can have a major impact on the quality of your sleep.

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Returning to Work: Feeling Anxious? You’re Not Alone

After more than a year of sheltering in place, many employees have concerns about returning to the work-place. They’re grappling with questions about what work will look like in the coming months, when will they need to go back to the office, and what expectations their employers might have. If you’re feeling anxious about so many uncertainties, know that you are not alone. Here are some helpful tips for making the transition back to work less stressful.

Mentally prepare. Take some time before going back to work to think about your concerns or worries.  Walk through scenarios that you might encounter to help you feel more at ease. Imagine successfully navigating these situations. Imagery is a powerful tool that can help you cope with anxiety-filled circumstances.

Take Care of Yourself

Take time just for yourself. Even if it’s just 10 minutes each day that you set aside to relax by yourself, a little solitude can help you unwind.  

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Anxiety and Depression in the Time of COVID-19

Living in the age of coronavirus can have a profound effect on your mood. Most of the time we can bounce back from feelings of sadness or melancholy. But these are uncertain times, and all the fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 makes it natural to worry. When your worries spiral out of control, they can cause feelings of anxiety and depression.

While not a substitute for medical advice, here are few healthy strategies to boost your mood.

  • Practice relaxation techniques.

Incorporating a relaxation technique such as Qigong or meditation into your daily routine can help relieve tension and anxiety. You might also try Calm, an app that features meditation, sleep aids, gentle movement and stretching, and music to help you relax. Headspace is an app that meditation skills in just a few minutes a day.

  • Spend time in nature.

While you can’t force yourself to have fun, you can push yourself to do things that will help boost your mood throughout the day. Try listening to uplifting music or finding a reason to laugh by watching episodes of your favorite television shows or enjoyable movies.

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