Stress And Social Anxiety by NiceTime

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									Title:
Stress And Social Anxiety

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486

Summary:
One of the major symptoms associate
d with social anxiety is stress. St
ress works two ways - the social an
xiety can cause it, and the stress
can intensify the social anxiety. S
tress can be a big problem, because
 it leads to other health related p
roblems, such as high blood pressur
e or heart attack.

Stress can also cause headaches, ul
cers, insomnia, excessive fatigue,
and muscle pain. When a person who
suffers from social anxiety is cont
emplating a social interaction or s
itu...


Keywords:
Social Anxiety, Symptoms, Autogenic
relaxation


Article Body:
One of the major symptoms associate
d with social anxiety is stress. St
ress works two ways - the social an
xiety can cause it, and the stress
can intensify the social anxiety. S
tress can be a big problem, because
 it leads to other health related p
roblems, such as high blood pressur
e or heart attack.

Stress can also cause headaches, ul
cers, insomnia, excessive fatigue,
and muscle pain. When a person who
suffers from social anxiety is cont
emplating a social interaction or s
ituation, they experience stress. W
hen they are actual in a social int
eraction or situation, the stress l
evel increases to extreme levels, a
nd triggers a variety of other symp
toms.

Stress plays such a big role in soc
ial anxiety that, in many cases, on
ce a person learns how to control t
heir stress levels, they literally
overcome their social anxiety as we
ll. There are many methods that can
 be used to control stress levels.
Exercise is one of the best ways to
 reduce or eliminate stress, becaus
e believe it or not, stress can cre
ate energy. This is the fight or fl
ight response that we were all born
 with. This fight or flight respons
e was used by our ancestors for the
ir survival. We don't typically use
 this fight or flight response for
our survival today, but it is still
 there, and it does create energy t
hat needs to be used. Exercise is t
he way to use it.

You can also employ other methods f
or dealing with long-term stress an
d it's side effects. These methods
include: Progressive Muscle Relaxat
ion (PMR), Autogenic Relaxation, an
d Imagery Relaxation. These methods
 can be used along with exercise to
 greatly reduce your stress levels.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a
technique in which you tense, then
relax, groups of muscles. The ultim
ate goal of PMR is to be able to re
lax your entire body all at once. W
hen you can relax all of your muscl
es, stress disappears from your mus
cles, and it is either reduced or e
liminated.
Autogenic relaxation is often used
for the relief of chronic pain. Sin
ce stress can cause chronic pain, a
utogenic relaxation is used to trea
t stress as well. Autogenic relaxat
ion combines deep breathing exercis
es with imagery and positive verbal
 statements to control and master a
 problem that is causing stress.

Imagery relaxation also involves de
ep breathing, but instead of dealin
g directly with what is causing the
 stress, you use your mind to take
you away from the stressful situati
on - to a happier, more relaxed pla
ce. This can be done with the use o
f tapes, or on your own.

Whether social anxiety is causing y
our stress or something else is cau
sing your stress, it is important t
hat you deal with the stress as soo
n as possible, before it leads to o
ther more serious health problems a
nd takes over your life. Even if yo
u are not able to deal with other i
ssues just yet - such as your socia
l anxiety - your stress levels can
still be greatly reduced.

								
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