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The Effects of Stress on Your Physical and Mental State

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There is no doubt that stress can affect your mental and physical state. Anxiety can result from either an actual stressful situation or from the anticipation of a stressful event. Researchers have found that anxiety has a demonstrable effect on the decision-making process in your brain. The more anxious you are, the more sensitive you are to potentially bad outcomes associated with specific situations. In other words, if you are worried about something, you tend to act a bit more cautious.

This actually can work in your favor. For example, in one experiment, researchers found that subjects who worried about losing money actually came out ahead when playing games for real money. It was their anxiety over losing money that made them play in a more precise and strategic way.

The downside comes when the level of anxiety increases to a point where it makes a person too sensitive, altering their rational behavior. If anxiety makes a person avoid certain normal situations or other people, it can keep a person from living a normal life.

So, if a little bit of stress is good for you, but a lot is bad, how do you know if you striking a balance? Researchers are looking at this very issue, with an eye towards helping those who have trouble keeping excessive anxiety in check. It is important to remember that you know yourself best. If you feel out of control or find you are unable to feel comfortable in your everyday life, you may need help to control your anxiety. Otherwise, know that most anxiety is temporary and, if you trust your intuitions, it can sometimes steer you in the right direction.

Oxford at Sonterra Apartments in San Antonio, Texas goes above and beyond to improve your daily lifestyle with our spacious floor plans, unparalleled amenities, and incomparable customer service. We hope these tips will inform, educate, and ultimately, provide you with a better way-of-life.

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