Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions. Due to the physical symptoms, it can be difficult for individuals to function and complete daily work or personal tasks. Have you ever heard someone say, “that makes me anxious” or “I feel anxious right now?” Sure, they may be feeling symptoms of anxiety, and at that time, some of the symptoms are controllable.  It is essential to understand the signs and symptoms of anxiety as the symptoms can present itself differently for everyone.   Sure, anxiety is a normal condition we all experience at one point or another. One thing you can do is learn your body and learn how you operate under pressure. For example, is your breathing shallow, or are you sweating profusely? Once you understand how your body responds to stress, you will identify and recognize when you are experiencing severe anxiety to prevent possible anxiety or panic attack. 

Let’s discuss some of the general signs and symptoms of anxiety:

  • increased heart rate
  • rapid breathing
  • restlessness
  • difficulty falling asleep
  • jitteriness
  • feelings of fear
  • shame
  • headache
  • stomachache
  • sweating
  • dizziness
  • muscle tension
  • nervousness
  • difficulty concentrating
  • irrational anger or irritability
  • restlessness
  • teeth grinding
  • jaw clenching
  • nausea or vomiting
  • headaches and migraines
  • constipation or diarrhea

Do you or anyone you know experiences some of the above symptoms? Some individuals experience teeth grinding or psychosomatic pain (stomach pain) and think it is normal. One of the best ways to rule out medical conditions is to share your concerns with your primary care physician. Secondly, share your concerns with your therapy. Medical research has found evidence to suggest links between long-term untreated anxiety and the following conditions:

  • Heart attack and other cardiovascular issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory issues

How to Treat Anxiety:

The best way to treat symptoms or signs of anxiety is to educate yourself. Do things that will decrease some of the mild symptoms such as getting enough sleep, physical activity, eating well-balanced meals, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, or just a few natural remedies. Of course, if your symptoms are more severe, you can explore treatment options with your doctor or therapist.