If someone near you is suffering from anxiety disorders, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. This belongs to a group of mental disorders that gives you feelings of anxiety and fear. The anxiety is related to worrying about future events. The fear is associated with the current events.
If you ask a person having anxiety, whether its acute or chronic anxiety, you will learn how difficult this condition can be. It can especially be too frustrating and exhausting.
The condition can be frustrating due to the misfiring of brain signals. But don’t get too frustrated because anxiety can be reverted.
The condition can be exhausting because you are continuously dealing with unwanted thoughts which could sap your energy. The same energy could have been used for doing something productive.
Anxiety is also like other mental disorders which are caused as a byproduct due to the abnormal chemical activity in your brain. But the direct cause of anxiety has not yet been identified by medical professional including psychologists.
When you or someone near you shows signs of chronic anxiety, you should never ignore those signs. Here you will also find ways for dealing with these signs.
It is important to identify the symptoms faster so that the right method of treatment can be initiated faster.
So here are 8 signs of anxiety you should never ignore.
1. Muscular Pain
Many people think that anxiety cannot turn into physical symptoms. But they are wrong. One such physical symptom is muscle pain. It is usually a symptom associated with chronic anxiety.
It is considered that stress is directly caused by muscle pain, because stress cause inflammation. The level of stress and anxiety can also affect how much pain you suffer from.
Frequent headaches are also a physical sign that you may be suffering from chronic anxiety. Stress can build muscle tension even around your head, and this can cause headaches. If you take extra caffeine like tea or coffee, the symptoms can further exacerbate.
All types of anxieties, including chronic anxiety, are extremely stressful. Anxiety can create stress that will make your adrenal glands weaker. These glands are crucial in the maintenance of the body’s overall balance. Weaker adrenal glands can commonly cause fatigue.
4. Cravings for Starchy or Sugary Foods
Sugar works like an opiate for stimulating feelings of calm. But after the initial feeling it starts a crash. It is not just an inflammatory, it is also a catalyst that supports weight gain.
If you have chronic anxiety, you will notice that you regularly crave for sugar or starchy foods whenever you suffer from distress.
5. Digestive Problems
There is direct relation between chronic anxiety and poor digestion, such as irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. Your digestive system will also have problems when your brain is “not right.”
This can be better understood when you realize that 80-90% of serotonin is produced in your gastrointestinal tract. Serotonin is the calming neurotransmitter of the brain. So, chronic anxiety can cause poor digestion and problem in the production of serotonin.
6. Moodiness & Irritability
When your brain is full of anxious thoughts, you will find it difficult to pay attention to things that matter. You will no longer have enough patience to focus on important things. It is crucial that your focus be on things which are important and constructive and not to let the anxiety problem rule you.
People suffering from chronic anxiety will mostly lash out or snap when anything asks for their attention.
7. Sleeping Issues
When your brain is firing rapidly, finding relaxation can be almost impossible. This means finding sleep can also be difficult. People suffering from chronic anxiety usually have exhausted body but a restless mind. You want to have a deep sleep, but your brain doesn’t allow it.
8. Issues with Focus & Concentration
People suffering from anxiety problems are often unable to concentrate or focus. This is because chemical changes have taken place in the brain that don’t leave much mental resources that can be used for conscious attention.
You may feel almost helpless when you suffer from anxiety. But it is possible to overcome this condition. To start with, there are some behaviors and practices that can be helpful in suppressing the serious symptoms of the condition.
The following simple, effective and quick tips can help you deal with general or chronic anxiety:
– Balanced diet – It can work as a powerful antidote for anxiety issues.
– Maintain a schedule – Anxiety can cause disrupting any attempts of bringing organization and structure into your life. You should write things down and maintain a schedule to get all important things done.
– Exercising – Creating an exercise routine can be difficult, but you can do some activities which can be highly beneficial for the symptoms of anxiety.
– Get adequate sleep – When suffering from chronic anxiety, it can be almost impossible to get adequate sleep. There are natural supplements (like melatonin) which help in aiding with sleep induction.
– Manage stress – You can find lots of free resources in your library or the internet for learning anxiety-coping skills. You can especially get great help from mindfulness and meditation practices.
Source: Power of Positivity