Anxiety and worry are common sources of stress. Financial problems, health issues, family concerns, and a realm of other situations, can create an unhealthy amount of stress, when not addressed in a healthy manner.

A person may choose to cope with these types of situations in a variety of healthy or unhealthy ways. From denying the problem altogether, to attempting to “run away” or “hide” from the problem, an individual’s unique set of coping skills can either increase or decrease the level of stress they experience.

Denial is a common form of coping that many people employ to deal with life issues. Typically denial is a “coping skill” used by people in situations which present an unbearable amount of stress. If not addressed quickly and properly than the person with anxiety will start to live in their own version of reality.  This new reality that has been created doesn't always jive with what is going on in the rest of the world around them.  It could cause them to become irritable to say the least.

This may happen in alcoholic families, domestic violence relationships, even in people facing severe illness or death.

Attempting to run away or hide from a stressful life event is evident in those who use drugs or alcohol to “escape”, as well as those who simply “avoid” the problem. The individual who works too much, or the teenager who stays away from home for days at a time, are people attempting to escape the problem.

Procrastination can be a sign of worry and anxiety. Fear of “what will happen” if the person does face the problem, can lead to “putting off the inevitable.” This type of behavior also contributes to stress, as the unseen and unknown are often larger, in the mind, than in the situation.

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Facing things head on may be difficult, but it is the healthiest way to handle situations that create worry, fear or anxiety. Getting answers, instead of speculating, and addressing problems, instead of denying, hiding or running away from them, is the only way to reduce the stress caused by these types of situations.

 Those feelings will eventually explode just like that soda can when it's opened That's not a healthy thing for everyone involved.  So take a trusted friend out to lunch and have a heart to heart conversation.  Let them know what is stressing you out and why.  If you've chosen a true friend they will probably have some good advice for you or at least a listening ear while you vent.  They will be able to maybe see things from a different angle that you weren't able to before see.  Last but not least make sure that you offer that dear friend a listening ear in return.  After all, what are friends for?