Anxiety And Their Physical Symptoms

physical symptoms of anxiety


Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress and danger. Your heart rate increases and it can become difficult for your brain to focus on anything else other than your need to escape the situation or fight off whatever is scaring you. This type of anxiety is completely normal and usually goes away once the stressful situation has passed. It does not typically last very long, but in some cases when someone experiences chronic stress their nervous system becomes overworked and they begin to experience physical symptoms such as shaking hands or tense muscles even when there aren’t any dangerous stimuli present. This state of mind is known as a general anxiety disorder (GAD) and approximately 10% of the population struggles with it.

What are Anxiety Disorders?


Anxiety disorders are a collection of mental illnesses that leave a person feeling disproportionately worried about situations and circumstances that may or may not be out of their control. This type of anxiety can manifest itself as physical symptoms such as nausea, diarrhoea, dizziness, accelerated heart rate, sweating, shaking hands, shortness of breath, and more.

Physical Symptoms of Anxiety:


Many people who suffer from GAD tend to be aware of their rapidly beating heart, sweaty palms, or sudden feelings of nausea. You may feel as though you’re about to pass out or even vomit during an anxiety attack. It’s not unusual for one to hyperventilate when experiencing high levels of stress. Whatever type of panic attack you experience, it’s important to remember that these physical reactions are only temporary and they will subside eventually (usually within ten minutes).

  • Trembling, twitching, or feeling like you’re unable to sit still.
  • Feeling nauseous or experiencing hot flashes.
  • Shortness of breath or rapid heartbeat without explanation.
  • General uneasiness and tension around those who don’t struggle with anxiety as well as those who do because you feel like you don’t belong to either group.

What Can I Do If I Need Help?

It’s always best not to wait too long before doing something about your anxiety so here are some useful tips for controlling symptoms:

Get involved in physical activity

Participating in an exercise regime can reduce the number of stress hormones that are released into the bloodstream, which can calm down your fight-or-flight response. Even simply walking around the block for 30 minutes can make a world of difference. If you find yourself struggling with overwhelming feelings of anxiety more often than not, give jogging or running a shot.

Keep your hands busy

Having something to do with your hands (besides smoking that is) can distract you from negative thoughts and calm down your body. For example, if someone gets nervous when they’re waiting in line at the grocery store then they should bring along knitting needles or crossword puzzles rather than simply fidgeting until they reach the front of the line.

Manage stress through meditation

Meditation has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure and slow down heart rate while it increases levels of serotonin in the brain which makes people feel happier and more relaxed. Meditation is also known to reduce levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body. There are many different types of meditation that you can learn so it’s best to find one that suits your taste.


The sense of smell has long been used as an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, headaches, and other stress-related ailments because scents trigger well-defined reactions within the mind and body. Simply inhaling lavender or peppermint essential oils can help calm down feelings of panic while simultaneously reducing blood pressure levels which ultimately decreases feelings of stress; this is why aromatherapy is becoming increasingly popular around the world for people who struggle with GAD.

The root cause behind people who struggle with GAD tend to be problems in their social life, school, or work. If you feel like your anxiety is preventing you from having successful relationships, getting good grades, or building long-lasting friendships then you should address the problem immediately.

Stress levels can increase when people are dealing with constant disapproval from their peers; even worse, some people will act incredibly distant towards anyone who happens to suffer from an anxiety disorder (regardless of whether or not they’re struggling themselves). Remember that most people don’t mean any harm and simply lack an understanding of what it means to live with anxiety daily.

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