Most of us will feel anxious at some point of our lives and they can range from severe too mild and have many different terms to describe them. We all encounter normal life’s stresses such as work life, home life, taking exams, relationships and financial issues. The list is endless.
Why Do I Experience Anxiety?
Anxiety is part of our body’s natural defence or how it reacts to feeling when under threat. The term we refer to as ‘fight or flight’ response and dates all the way back to our days as caveman.
Under normal circumstances the feeling of Anxiety will subside. However for some the feeling of anxiety doesn’t go away and can start to get in the way of their day-to-day life.
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
Anxiety disorders can affect you both mentally and physically, as the body releases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol when it feels under threat. Some people may find they only have one or two symptoms, others can experience many more.
Mental symptoms of anxiety can include:
- Feeling tense, nervous or ‘on edge’
- Being unable to relax
- Feeling a sense of dread
- Feeling as if you can’t stop worrying
- Having fears or worries out of proportion to the situation
- Thinking about a situation over and over again
- Loss of concentration
- Low Self Esteem
Physical symptoms of anxiety can include:
- Shaking or Trembling
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Faster breathing
- Muscular aches and pains
- Headaches and Migrane
- Pins and Needles
- Finding it hard to get to or stay asleep
- Low sex drive
- Panic attacks
- Stomach Cramps