Title: Stress And Social Anxiety Word Count: 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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