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Spirituality/Religion and Anxiety, Stress, and Health

Anxiety refers to a distressing and unpleasant feeling of fear or nervousness, which can affect individuals’ ability to function and their quality of life. Stress exists when an individual considers his or her environment or situation burdensome and beyond his or her resources. Stress differs from anxiety, but stress can result in anxiety if an individual cannot deal effectively with the stressor. Anxiety and stress are linked to a sense of hopelessness among individuals who experience them. However, anxiety also impels individuals to make changes in their lives so that these disturbing feelings can be relieved or eliminated.

Spirituality is intrinsically connected to organized religion, the mystical, and the supernatural. However, it extends beyond religion. Spirituality refers to a multidimensional, and often complex, component of the ...

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