Stress & Anxiety

Stress is your body’s reaction to a perceived challenge, and it can create emotional or physical tension in the body. Strange as it might seem, stress can be useful in many cases. It can cause you to respond quickly to remove you from harm’s way or push you to accomplish a goal. Your body reacts to stress by releasing hormones that cause your brain to be more alert. Short-term stress that goes away quickly is necessary for survival because it allows you to handle the situation that is triggering stress. This is your body’s way of protecting itself from danger.

However, chronic, long-term stress can lead to serious health problems. Any type of stress that goes on for weeks or months is considered chronic and can be harmful to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. People often experience chronic stress due to problems at work, unhappy relationships, or worries about money. You can become so accustomed to living with chronic stress that you might not even see it as a problem until it starts to manifest as more serious problems, such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or other physical health issues.

When you have chronic stress, your body stays in “stress response mode” even though there is no immediate danger. Over time, this can lead to conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity. If you already have a health condition, such as an auto-immune disease or diabetes, too much stress can make it worse.

Stress and Anxiety Management at Seattle Healing

How Stress Appears in Our Bodies

  • Change in appetite
  • Forgetfulness or lack of focus
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Lack of energy
  • Sexual problems
  • Tightness in the jaw or neck
  • Tiredness
  • Trouble sleeping or exhaustion
  • Upset stomach/diarrhea/constipation
  • Excessive use of drugs or alcohol to relax
  • Weight loss or gain

Common Sources of Stress

  • Divorce or the ending of a relationship
  • Starting a new job/entering the workforce
  • The death of a loved one
  • Job loss
  • Retiring
  • Becoming a new parent or facing challenges in parenting
  • Financial problems
  • Moving to a new home or city
  • Serious illness or coping with a new diagnosis
  • Problems at work or at home

Signs You’re Not Managing Stress

  • You are experiencing the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as panic attacks, racing heart, sweaty or clammy hands, or dry mouth.
  • You are impaired or unable to work or function in your job or activities of daily living.
  • You have fears that you cannot control and spend an excessive amount of time ruminating.
  • You are having memories of a traumatic event that you are unable to stop thinking about.

Our Stress & Anxiety Programs

At Seattle Healing, we offer a handful of programs that are tailored to helping with Stress & Anxiety. We can help support you in releasing the stress and anxiety that is preventing you from moving forward in a healthy, productive, and positive way. Click on the individual programs to learn more.