Stress, Anxiety, & How To Cope

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

I know we all can probably agree on one thing here: Mondays suck.

Especially when you have a blissful weekend, wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the week – and then you’re hit with loads of demanding projects, crazy deadlines, and way too many emails you needed to reply to like yesterday.

That sinking feeling of not knowing where to start, or how you’re going to get everything done in time? That’s stress.

And the overwhelming sense of worry that you might not meet expectations, that you might let people down, that you might get fired, and that you might be a failure for life… Yeah, that’s anxiety.

Stress vs Anxiety

Knowing the difference between stress and anxiety

Sometimes, life can be stressful.

These stressors in your life, no matter how small – can be the reason you’re stressed out, because stress is defined as a physical or mental response to an external cause.

Once the stressor is resolved – like when you finally submit your big work project – then the stress you’re feeling should go away.

But with anxiety, it’s usually a physical or mental response to an internal causeand if you’re still feeling anxious even if there is no external threat, it could lead to health issues if left unchecked.

Coping with stress and anxiety

Checking my genes to see if I was more susceptible to stress and anxiety helped me understand why I might not be managing stress as well as others.

My Stress Report revealed that my NR3C1 variant is linked to higher cortisol levels in response to stress, and Ashwagandha may reduce my cortisol levels and help relieve stress, too.

While my Anxiety Report showed that my GABRG2 gene variant is associated with anxiety, likely suppressing GABA, a chemical that calms the mind – herbs like Rhodiola Rosea are known to support neurotransmitters like GABA and Norepinephrine.

But the truth is, there’s really no way to avoid stress or anxiety completely – it’s just a part of life.

Even if it’s unavoidable, there are ways to find out what coping strategies are right for you and only YOU.

Everyone is different – and your genes could put you at a higher risk for stress but not anxiety, or vice versa.

Our Anxiety and Stress Reports each contain their own set of personalized recommendations to help you manage the unique issues of stress and anxiety effectively, based on your own DNA.

Start your journey to a calmer mind by ordering your DNA Test Kit today and get access to customized supplement, diet, and lifestyle recommendations based on your genes – so you can start tackling stress and anxiety at the root source!

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen flipped the script on conventional and alternative medicine…and it worked. Growing up, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and other issues that were poorly understood in traditional healthcare. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a learning journey to decode his DNA and track his biomarkers in search of better health. Through this personalized approach, he discovered his genetic weaknesses and was able to optimize his health 10X better than he ever thought was possible. Based on his own health success, he went on to found SelfDecode, the world’s first direct-to-consumer DNA analyzer & precision health tool that utilizes AI-driven polygenic risk scoring to produce accurate insights and health recommendations. Today, SelfDecode has helped over 100,000 people understand how to get healthier using their DNA and labs.
Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, with a mission of empowering people to take advantage of the precision health revolution and uncover insights from their DNA and biomarkers so that we can all feel great all of the time.


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