Being able to identify and recognize symptoms of anxiety is immensely important in the process of attempting to treat it. Over the past year, many people have experienced a significant increase in their levels of stress and anxiety, even those that have never experienced anxiety before. Anxiety has the power to significantly affect all different aspects of our lives. That is why it is so important to be able to understand what you may be going through and how to deal with it. Here are a couple of signs of anxiety in yourself and others to keep an eye out for:
Racing Thoughts and Excessive Worrying
If you are experiencing consistent racing thoughts or worry, this is often a main indicator of anxiety. Oftentimes anxiety will not let you stop thinking, to the point of exhaustion.
Excessive worrying can be a part of these racing thoughts. Many people with anxiety find themselves running through every possible outcome of a situation and worrying about it instead of actually enjoying the event. Maybe you can’t stop thinking about what you said in your work meeting four days ago. Regardless of what you’re thinking, recognizing these nonstop thoughts is an important start in being able to take a step back from your anxiety and letting yourself breathe.
Shortness of Breath/Racing Heart
Shortness of breath and a racing heart often go together, because when we find ourselves breathing harder, our heart rate goes up. Anxiety feels a bit different for everyone but recognizing how your anxiety feels will help you immensely in the long run. Many people can feel a panic attack coming when their chest tightens or their heart begins to race. This a normal, physical reaction to stress. But, knowing the symptoms you experience during a panic attack may help you find the tools to prevent them in the future. Other panic attack symptoms include trembling, sweating, breathing heavily, and uncontrollable crying.
Feel like you can’t sit down even though you’re tired? You might be experiencing anxiety. Restlessness is another key symptom of anxiety as it often perpetuates the need to do something immediately. Your anxiety might make you do these things because it convinces you that you have to or you might feel better from it. Don’t run yourself dry and make sure to take a break every once in a while.
A large majority of people with anxiety also experience trouble sleeping. Whether it’s trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, sometimes your racing thoughts and restlessness play a role in messing with your sleep schedule.
Another key symptom of anxiety is tense muscles. Many people with anxiety clench their jaws, squeeze their fists, or shake their legs. These are all little things we do as a result of anxiety. Noticing little things like this and having yourself unclench your jaw, for example, does a lot more than you think in the stress-relieving process.
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