Just about all of us know the feeling of being anxious, but how do you know that it’s just normal anxiety or perhaps something that needs to be addresses now?
What’s at risk:
You might be thinking – what’s the big deal, everyone feels anxious? Well there are some serious health impacts – both physical and emotional.
Heart disease: Yes! You can actually get heart disease from having anxiety on a regular basis.
Respiratory problems: Especially if you have Asthma or a respiratory issue to start with. Anxiety and panic attacks can take a big toll on your ability to bring in oxygen and nourish your body.
Gastrointestinal Issues: Stress goes to the gut and interrupts how the gut works. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other gut issues can develop.
Decrease in immunity: When your body is under stress, it doesn’t protect itself as efficiently leaving you more susceptible to illness.
Symptoms to Look For:
There are many symptoms and I trust that you will be honest with yourself in the seriousness of what you are going through. While not all anxiety needs medication, it is smart to talk to a medical professional if your anxiety is consistent or impacting your health in some way.
Below are some of the most common symptoms. By no means is this a complete list as anxiety can manifest itself differently in different people.
- Feeling nervous or tense
- Feeling weak or tired more than you are comfortable with
- Rapid breathing and/or shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Having a sense of doom or danger even when there seems to be no logical provocation
- Struggling to concentrate on anything but the current worry
- Inability to get a solid night’s sleep due to restlessness or insomnia
- Wanting to avoid anything that trigger anxiousness
- Tense muscles
- Panic attacks
- Irrational fears
- Avoiding social situations
- Headaches or dizziness
It is normal to get anxious sometimes, but if these symptoms are impacting your health, it’s time to talk to someone about it and get some tools to help you manage it so it doesn’t impact your long-term health.
There are plenty of tools on this site. Check out this list to learn more.
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