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Avera Medical Minute: Stress Vs. Anxiety Disorder

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Gentle Yoga Class at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center. Gentle Yoga Class at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center.

For so many of you life can feel like a pressure cooker between work, and home and bills the stress can seem insurmountable.  There is a fine line between stress and an anxiety disorder and knowing when you've crossed that line could make a big difference in your life, if you get help.

The daily grind can get the best of any us on a daily basis. That's why instructors at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center strongly recommend daily exercise to help you deal with that stress and work out what's bothering you. Their gentle yoga class is a popular choice. The morning session was completely booked.

Mary DeJong is one of the Yoga instructors at the Fitness Center. She says, "Exercise does decrease stress. When you are tense it gets stored in your muscles. When you are moving those muscles it releases the tension. It also gives your mind something else to focus on other than what your worried about."

But sometimes those worries become uncontrollable.The stress starts to take over your day-to-day life. When that happens you may need to take a good hard look in the mirror. You'll know if you just aren't the same and something is off. And in that instance you may need to call and get help. The problem is not everyone with anxiety disorder can recognize it. That's when family and friends should step in and say.. I care about you and think you should probably see someone for help.

Jon Feiock is an Outpatient Therapist through Avera Behavioral Health. He says, "An anxiety disorder starts to significantly interfere with people's functioning. Whether it's affecting their concentration or their ability to focus on school or work."

Feiock says he uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help patients figure out why and how they react the way they do to different stressful situation and helps come up with a different plan of attack.

Feiock says, "If you are laying in bed at night constantly thinking about stress, it immobilizes you to take action I think that's a tell tale sign that some therapy may benefit you."

Ask most doctors they'll tell you if exercise were a drug they'd prescribe it to all their patients. The benefits are far reaching. Yoga can't cure anxiety disorder, but it's discipline that helps us balance work and rest on the mat and in life. Who couldn't use a little of that?

 

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