I have written about coping with anxiety and the symptoms mentally, but what are the physical symptoms of anxiety?
There are quite a few and the following will outline the main ones which seem to crop up most of the time:
- Stomach troubles, such as nausea, pain and digestive problems.
- You may experience a headache.
- Insomnia can be a problem or waking up too early or in the middle of the night.
- Feeling weak or a lack of strength.
- Tiredness and fatigue, which the lack of sleep may contribute to.
- Rapid breathing or you may experience shortness of breath.
- You may sweat more.
- Visits to the toilet might become more frequent.
- You may begin shaking or trembling in your limbs or hands or your whole body.
- Your muscles may tense up too much and cause you pain.
- A noticeable quicking of your heartbeat.
- You may experience a dry mouth.
- Grinding your teeth, normally in bed while you are sleeping
- You may notice changes in your sex drive.
- If you begin to panic, you may experience chest pain, tingling in your arms from hyperventilation, normally in conjunction with an overwhelming fear you are about to die. You may become dizzy and possibly pass out.
Why Does This Happen?
Most of these symptoms are a natural inbuilt response to stress which is part of our fight or flight makeup. However, with prolonged stress, these symptoms can form into an anxious body. Because there is no real danger and you do not need to take action, such as running away or fighting, the body does not know what to do.
See my article on tips and tricks to help alleviate anxiety for further help.
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