How does Stress & Anxiety Express Itself

Last Update: August 29, 2018 at 10:30 am

Source: News for the Soul

Date:  August 29, 2018


How does Stress & Anxiety Express Itself

By Dr Holly, heard at noon pacific time on Wednesdays on News for the Soul…


We here about everyone’s stress and anxiety all the time in today’s world. Whether we are enjoying life or not, stress tends to come into people’s life intermittently for a wide variety of reasons. Most of us can handle some degree of stress. In fact, some degree of stress is optimal for everyone. But that degree also is different for everyone. Stress can be a motivator or life saving.

Chronic or long term stress, however, can affect us in a wide variety of ways. When we have chronic stress, or we have reached whatever capacity we have to deal with stress, that is when anxiety sets in.

There are many causes of stress in today’s world including:

  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce and/or separation
  • Emotional issues:
    • Anger
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Despair
    • Frustration
    • Grief
    • Guilt
  • Finances
  • Getting married
  • Health issues
    • Addictions
    • Chronic issues
    • Injuries
  • Job issues
    • Deadlines
    • Discrimination
    • Harassment
    • Poor hours/shift work/long hours
    • Poor management/unclear expectations/heavy workload
    • Promotions or not
  • Moving
    • Into a new home
    • Building a new home
    • Buying a new home
    • Renovations
  • Toxic relationships at:
    • Work
    • Partner
    • Home
    • Children
    • Parents
  • Traumatic events
    • Car accident
    • Home invasion
    • Identity theft
    • Natural disaster
    • Rape
    • Theft
    • Violence

Note: some of these issues we may have no control over and some we do. Ultimately, it is how we chose to interpret, process and respond to the situation that really counts. The old saying, “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you chose to deal with it” really holds a lot of water. When we start to take control of things but choosing how we interpret things; recognizing the illusion of having no choice – ultimately, we all have choices, even if we don’t like them; and deciding to do things differently is hugely important in life.

Just as chronic physiological issues can impact us psychologically, chronic psychological issues can affect us physiologically. Remember nothing happens in isolation.

Psychological:  when we are dealing with the psychological issues of stress – it usually revolves around our coping skills. Identify what your best coping mechanisms are and which ones are not. Which ones are the most effective and which ones are not.

Does it help you to talk things out – whether that be to a close friend or relative or to a stranger or a therapist? Or do you need to write things out – in a letter to yourself or to another; in a journal; about what is going on or how you want to create your life in the future. Does it help to move – walk or run or hike or bike ride or aerobic exercises or martial arts or yoga or dance.

If we don’t take care of our stressors effectively, then the stress can evolve into agitation, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger, overwhelm, depression, despair and suicidal thinking.


  • Addictions – both legal and illegal
  • Adrenal issues – thyroid issues
  • Appetite issues – increase or decrease or just the wrong foods
  • Chest pains to heart palpitations
  • Cognitive issues: memory, concentration
  • Diabetes
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Gut issues
  • Headaches
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Immune issues
  • Loss of sleep
  • Muscle tension
  • Obesity
  • Skin rashes

Yes, stress can have a huge impact on us. So, it is up to us to:

  • Learn to recognize we are stressed
  • Learn to identify the stressors
  • Learn to deal with them differently or more effectively
  • Figure out how to change them

An important thing to remember, is that when you are stressed, it tends to impact on those around you as well. So, when you chose to take control of it and learn to work it differently or eliminate the stressors in your life, then you are having a positive impact on those around you as well as yourself. So if you are more interested in other people, than yourself, well, its still a good thing to deal with your stress.

Here’s to you eliminating the stressors in your life or managing them more effectively.


noon pacific:

Wednesdays at NOON PST  / 3PM EST – The Whole Health Initiative with Dr Holly – BASED IN CANADA – AN NFTS GLOBAL LUMINARY SINCE MARCH 2014 – Dr. Holly is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, a scientist, a professional speaker, an author of Cancer: Why what you don’t know about your treatment could harm you and 12 other books and a practitioner.  As a Doctor of Natural Medicine with 7 degrees & 3 designations in a wide range of healing modalities and 20 years experience, she can assist you in identifying and understanding your path to health. She can identify your underlying life themes, coping mechanisms, value systems and defense mechanisms to understanding the physiology and biochemistry and energy patterns of your body.  She has a mobile health clinic that comes to your door and can assess 1000s of variables in front of you AND create a protocol unique to you.  In addition, she provides consultation for physicians and clients around the world.