The 10 Less Well Known Symptoms of Anxiety
Stress is something we all experience in our lives. For some, it can be intense and lead to anxiety that feels overwhelming and chaotic. Having a bit in the bottom of your stomach, or having a fast heart rate with rapid breathing, and frantic thoughts are some of the more well known symptoms that we associate with anxiety. But did you know that there are a whole host of other symptoms that people experience associated with anxiety and stress?
The fact that they are less well known is a problem not only because we may not know how to manage them, but also because we may not attribute them to anxiety or stress, and then become a victim to these distressing feelings that we carry around with us every day. Being mindful of how stress impacts you is critical to being able to manage it. We all experience stress a bit differently, therefore, our symptoms are unique to our experience and how we treat them should by default, also be a very personal process.
We receive stress in three main ways: Cognitively, emotionally and physcially. The most common cognitive symptoms are racing thoughts, negative thinking, and constant worrying. The most common emotional symptoms include sadness, anxiousness, and frustration. Finally, the most common physical symptoms include trembling hands, fast heart rate, and shortness of breath. We can experience any number of these symptoms on a regular basis.
But there are more symptoms that are not as well known and can perplex anxious people at the very least. Below are the lesser well known symptoms of anxiety so you can be more mindful if you happen to experience them. The mindful you are about what your stress symptoms are, the earlier you can intervene with them, address them and incorporate some kind of self-care activity into your life that can help diminish or even eliminate those symptoms.
Mindful awareness of our stress gives us the power to change our experience in life and gives us the opportunity the create a healthier, happier life!
Let me know in the comments below if you have experienced any of these! Make sure to reach out and get support from a friend, supportive family member or therapist if you need help. And remember to incorporate self-care into your life EVERY DAY! Lack of self-care is not benign and builds up our stress over time. So find coping skills that address your symptoms to help reduce them. Change Your Mind, Change Your Life!