Stress and anxiety are very good at spreading from one context to another without us realising.
It’s a bit like the mythical “shapeshifter”, Harry Potter style, changing its form to fit into different situations.
Suppose we’re having a particularly difficult time at work, with emotions riding high. Heart rate might be raised, our thinking less clear.
What happens when we get home and stop thinking about work?
If we still have some stress and anxiety ‘hanging in the background’, the mind may keep looking for reasons for feeling that stress and anxiety.