Emotional Intelligence Essentials: How to Deal with Anxiety & Stress

How to Deal with Stress and Anxiety

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Practical insights and proven tools to understand how stress and anxiety work, and emotional intelligence resources to become more effective with these feelings. Here are our top recommended articles, videos, and tools.

Introduction: Stress and Anxiety

Stress arises when we perceive a high level of threat, challenge or risk without sufficient resources or support; this can increase and make it hard to know how to deal with anxiety. Stress a generalized term our body’s threat response, physical effects include activation of the adrenal system, closing of capillaries at our extremities, shutting down of bodily systems for long-term health, and secretion of emotion neurohormones to make us more volatile (prone to fight, flee, freeze) and less calm.

Anxiety is a term used both for a feeling of generalized unease due to unknown or persistent threats (such as climate crisis) and to a clinical mental health disorder tied to overproduction of cortisol and difficulty returning to a calm state.

How Common are Stress & Anxiety?

  • 35% of people globally & 55% of Americans are stressed (Gallup 2019) and this has increased 14% during the pandemic (Gallup)
  • Stress cases US businesses $300 billion annually (Stress.org)
  • 31% of people will experience an anxiety disorder in their lives (Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 2020)

Key Contributors to Stress and Anxiety

  • Dysfunctional workplaces
  • Uncertain future including climate change
  • Lack of sleep & exercise
  • Loneliness / social isolation & disconnection from nature
  • Lack of meaning & purpose

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