So you think you or someone else may have anxiety?
Well, there are a few common symptoms that many anxiety sufferers experience on a daily basis.
Some anxiety symptoms can be obvious to detect, whilst others are much more subtle. But, before I go into any further details I’d like to highlight two important points:
- Suffering from everyday anxiety versus an anxiety disorder is quite different
- I am not a doctor or medical physician, so if you think you’re suffering from anxiety or an anxiety disorder, you should always seek medical advice and diagnosis. The information I provide here is for informational purposes only : )
If you’re unsure of the differences between everyday anxiety and an anxiety disorder, ensure to read:
Now, I’m going to get into some more detail about the main causes of anxiety and the common symptoms of anxiety and anxiety disorders.
What Causes Anxiety?
Stress is one of the greatest causes of anxiety problems. It can stem from:
- A major life event or sudden change
- The loss of a close family member
- Experiencing a panic attack
- Everyday stressors including:
- A busy lifestyle
- Built-up traffic jams
- Waiting in long queues when you’re in a rush
- Being overloaded at work
- Trying to respond to a never-ending trail of emails
I’m definitely not a stranger to that kind of stress…as I’m sure many of you aren’t either.
Stress is a very normal part of our daily lives, but if left unchecked it can transform into anxiety pretty quickly.
Alongside stress, people with certain personality types can be more susceptible to anxiety and anxiety disorder, compared to others. AND like many other health conditions, anxiety can run in families. So yes, it can be related to your genetics too.
Now, let’s look at some general symptoms of anxiety.
Symptoms of Every Day Anxiety
People with “everyday” anxiety often experience the following symptoms:
- Uncontrollable worrying and overthinking
- Constantly seeking or needing reassurance
- Lack of patience
- Memory issues or difficulty remembering things
- Sleep problems (Insomnia)
- Find it difficult to relax – often appearing hyperactive, nervous or agitated
- Feel disconnected from the world and those around them
- Avoid or procrastinate with certain tasks particularly if it is something they’re anxious about
- Have “All or nothing” thinking
- Tight chest and muscle tension
- Feel like they can’t breathe due to constriction or shortness of breath, sometimes leading to hyperventilation.
- Racing heartbeat and intense thumping in the chest
- Panic or anxiety attacks
- Loss of appetite
Natural Ways to Overcome Anxiety Symptoms
If you think you suffer from general anxiety symptoms, I have some tips and pointers that can help you to reduce some of these anxiety symptoms naturally.
My first suggestion is to get started with meditation and mindfulness training.
For me, developing a meditation habit has been one of the best things I have ever done. It has had a profound impact on my ability to control my anxiety and stress levels and has helped me to feel greater contentment and happiness in life.
If you’d be interested in checking out how meditation can help you to overcome stress and anxiety naturally, ensure to sign up for my FREE Meditation for Beginners e-course.
This 3-Day email course will give you a basic introduction into:
- The basics of Mindfulness Meditation
- The Health Benefits of Meditation
- How Meditation can help with overcoming stress & anxiety
- The importance of regular practice
- Other Meditation Tips for beginners
If you’d like to educate yourself about meditation, here are some of my other articles to check out:
- How Meditation Helped Me to Manage Anxiety and Find Happiness in Myself Again
- An Honest Review of the Master Your Mind Course
My second tip is to start incorporating natural remedies into your daily routine. Essential oils, Himalayan salt lamps and herbal teas can be a great place to start.
Read more about natural remedies and how they can reduce stress and anxiety symptoms here:
- 10 Natural Remedies for Anxiety & Stress Relief
- 6 Relaxing Essential Oils for Anxiety and Stress Relief
- What is a Himalayan Salt Lamp & Why Do People Love Them?
Next up, let’s talk about the symptoms of anxiety disorders.
Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
Anxiety disorders differ from everyday feelings of anxiety because they have much more extreme symptoms. They tend to impact a person’s daily functioning and performance, in a much more severe way than normal feelings of anxiety.
The symptoms of anxiety disorders can vary slightly, however, there are a few common signs and symptoms you can keep an eye out for.
Generally, symptoms include stress that is out of proportion to the impact of the event, with an inability to set aside worry or restlessness, even after the stressor or stressful event has subsided.
- Feel intensely worried, afraid, restless, panicky, tense, nervous, scared or on edge most of the time
- Have fearful, overwhelming, extreme and racing thoughts as though everything around them is going to go wrong or may result in their death
- They are extremely irritable and easily agitated
- Have difficulty concentrating
- Often feel detached from their body and surroundings
- Worry that they’re going crazy and feel that no one understands
- They sometimes avoid leaving the house for extended periods of time due to their anxiety or fears
- Have difficulty relaxing and unwinding due to their repetitive thoughts and feelings
- Start avoiding social situations as a result of a certain anxiety or fear
In addition to the mental symptoms, people suffering from anxiety disorders can also experience physical symptoms such as:
- Insomnia and sleep difficulties (can’t sleep or stay asleep)
- A throbbing heart and heart palpitations (similar to that mentioned under anxiety symptoms)
- Excessive sweating
- Stomach aches or churning– sometimes to the point where they feel like they could vomit
- Light-headedness or dizziness
- Twitches and trembling
- Difficulties concentrating
- Excessive thirst
- In some cases, they can develop impulsive behaviours or compulsions in an attempt to regain control or to avoid certain circumstances
Anxiety Disorder Diagnosis & Treatment
Given there a number of different diagnoses for anxiety disorders, you should always seek advice from a medical professional to determine whether you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder, rather than relying on self-diagnosis.
Although medications including sedatives and antidepressants are commonly prescribed to help manage symptoms, there are some other natural alternatives you can check out including:
- Mindfulness & Meditation
- Hypnosis & Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Relaxation Techniques
- Self-Care – Frequent exercise, eat a healthy diet and avoid consuming a lot of alcohol & caffeine
- Stress Management Techniques
- Talking to a Counsellor
Although some levels of stress and anxiety are normal for everyone to experience, there are definitely some more extreme cases which do require medical attention and treatment.
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