Anxiety and stress are co-occurring in many ways. Feeling anxious can mean an increased heart rate, inability to focus, and sometimes feeling like your heart skipped a beat. There can be various stressors that increase anxiety symptoms. These can be internal and external stressors.

Internal Stressors are sources of stress that are inside us. These can be;

  • Nutritional Status
  • Attitudes
  • Thoughts
  • Feelings of anger, worry and/or fear
  • Anticipation
  • Imagination
  • Memory
  • Overall health and fitness levels.

External stressors are sources of stressors that we are aware of around us. These can include;

  • Trauma caused by life threatening events
  • Life experiences
  • Simple daily hassles

Since internal stressors come from inside of us, they determine our body’s ability to deal with and respond to external stress-inducing factors.

Therefore, it is important to be able to manage internal sources of stress first.

Chinar Mehta is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) supporting individuals experiencing anxiety and stress. Contact her to book a free 15-minute phone consultation or visit her website here;