6 Effects Of Anxiety On The Body
Your mind and your body are deeply connected. The balance between the two is necessary for maintaining your health, inner peace, and harmony. This is why, when you’re feeling mentally week, tense, or you’re under stress, it reflects onto your body. The two are inseparable and both suffer the consequences.
Anxiety is one of the major issues that modern society is facing today. With all the stress at work, lack of free time, and constantly being in a rush, we start to develop anxiety. The worst part is that it can have seriously damaging consequences for our bodies.
Together, we’ll break down the 6 most substantial effects that anxiety has on our body.
Let us walk you through this.
What is Anxiety?
Before we start talking about the negative effects of anxiety, let’s go ahead and define what exactly is anxiety.
Oxford Dictionary defines anxiety as:
– “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome”
But, why do we feel this way and what causes the anxiety to overflow our minds and bodies?
The truth is, a great number of things and occurrences can cause us to feel anxious. Here are some of the main causes of anxiety:
– stress at home/work/school
– emotional trauma
– stress caused by another medical illness
– substance abuse
– stress within a relationship
Once certain issues in our lives arise, we start feeling the pressure and self-created stress. This further impacts our body and mind to develop it into anxiety.
Now that you understand what anxiety is and what causes it, we can move on to breaking down the effects it has on your body.
1. Headaches & Dizziness
Anxiety starts from your mind and it can greatly affect your central nervous system.
When you develop anxiety and start feeling anxious repeatedly, your brain starts to release the stress hormone regularly. This hormone goes on to cause further physical issues in your body.
You have to deal with issues such as:
Your head starts to hurt on a daily basis making you even more nervous and stressed out.
You might start feeling sudden attacks of dizziness and loss of balance.
Anxiety will put pressure on your brain and it will reflect on how you feel physically.
2. Heart Pounding Rapidly
Another way your body can respond to anxiety is the abnormally increased heart rate. Although this is more typical for panic attacks, it’s commonly associated with anxiety as well.
The exact medical term for increased heart rate is heart palpitations. Here’s how it feels:
– your heart starts racing and pounding all of a sudden
– you may hear it pounding in your ears
– you feel like you can’t control it
This often happens when people get anxious. You can be nervous about entering the dentist’s office and feel your heart pounding.
Of course, if you have a more serious anxiety problem, this could be triggered by a simple thought or idea that comes to your mind.
Being unable to fall asleep, also known as insomnia, is another effect anxiety can have on our body. Anxiety can keep you up at night and not let your body relax enough for you to fall asleep.
Insomnia is a serious issue since sleep deprivation can cause numerous other problems such as:
– feeling depressed
– exhausting our body
– increased accidents and errors
Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for the proper functioning of your body and mind during the rest of the day. If you fail to do so, you’ll suffer additional consequences and side effects.
4. Digestive Problems
For some people, anxiety hit their stomach area the most. When they’re feeling anxious and are struggling to get it together, it all goes to their stomach and causes numerous unpleasant issues.
Most people have to deal with:
– stomach aches
– irritable bowel syndrome
Stomach pain and other digestive problems are extremely unpleasant and harmful to your body.
5. Loss of Breath
Powerful as it is, anxiety can take control of your respiratory system and enable it to work properly. This causes you to lose your breath and start feeling the additional stress.
Once anxiety kicks in, you can feel a temporary blockage in your respiratory system. Further, it causes you to:
– breath in rapid and shallow breaths
– feel like you’re out of breath
– feel unable to take a deep breath and fill your lungs with air
This is an extremely unpleasant and stressful sensation that increases your fears and makes you feel weak and vulnerable.
6. Muscle Aches
When your body is under stress, it activates its defense mechanism. To make sure you stay safe, your brain causes the muscles to get tight to be prepared for a dangerous situation.
When you experience anxiety on a regular basis, your brain starts sending this information more often than it should.
This causes your muscles and jots to be:
That’s yet another damaging effect anxiety can cause in your body.
How to Fight Anxiety?
Anxiety is a solvable issue, and with proper help or guidance, you can treat it successfully. There are numerous strategies you can use, but here’s what we highly recommend:
– get professional help and counseling
– learn breathing techniques for relaxing your body
– do mind exercises for finding and removing the causes of anxiety
– practice yoga
Just remember you don’t have to feel that way and there is a way out of the situation you’re in.
Anxiety is a serious issue that can take a tow on our mental and physical health. The effects it has on our body can be more or less severe, but we shouldn’t ignore them.
The list above will help you realize how serious anxiety issues can be and why you should start working on taking control of your mind and body.
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