Fear, anxiety, anguish or stress?
In everyday life, we tend to use these terms, interchangeably, yet they refer to different types of emotions.
FEAR is a strong and intense emotion that goes with the awareness of a real and tangible danger.
ANXIETY is a state of painful vigilance concerning a more or less fuzzy future threat. It results by an unpleasant feeling of apprehension, more or less intense distress and muscular tension.
ANGUISH is a subjective fear, without purpose. Similar to anxiety, it induces a state of hypervigilance, but unlike anxiety, it is always accompanied by physical symptoms (feeling of tightness, stomach cramps, lump in the throat, etc).
STRESS is a physiological reaction to the various demands of our environment, whether it is a real danger or a physical or psychological threat. It can go with muscular tension, faster breathing and a higher heart rate.
However ANXIETY becomes a problem when:
What can be done to reduce stress or anxiety in a school setting?
A few simple measures can be helpful for all young people, including breathing exercises, relaxation, yoga, and/or meditation.
For children who are hyperactive, there are a series of techniques available to address their need to move, concentrate, calm down, reduce their stress levels.