Anxiety: What Affects Does It Have On Our Body?

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Family events, hangouts with friends, leaving your home, meeting a new person, talking on a call, it is very normal and something we do very frequently in our daily routine. Meeting new people is fun, hanging out with friends is what most of us plan every day, making a call is what we can not spend our day without.

It sounds all fun for most of us but, start thinking about someone who has anxiety. Meeting a new person is stressful because it requires one to communicate and a person with anxiety hates doing it. A phone call required 5 minutes of self-talk to prepare oneself about the call they are going to make. Hanging out with friends is fun but last-minute plan change can trigger their anxiety really bad.

It is really difficult to live with anxiety as a little change in our routine can upset the whole day. Daily routine and regular activities can trigger anxiety with us not even knowing about it. The day goes on but we remain in a constant struggle of managing our focus and zoning out. Daily life becomes a challenge if you have anxiety. Anxiety not only messes up our head, it challenges our body as well.

Do you know anxiety has some strong physical effects too?

Anxiety Is Not Only In Our Heads Only And Has Physical Symptoms Too!

Anxiety has a lot of physical symptoms that we do not even notice. If you give a thought about the last time you felt anxious, you will notice that your hands were sweaty or maybe your legs were shaky. Your heart started beating faster, and also, you would’ve noticed you felt very sick in your stomach.

These symptoms must have made you think that you are nervous and unwell but this is what anxiety does to you. Most of people experience anxiety only on specific occasions but for some, it is a constant part of their life. Anxiety can be very serious and can also turn into a disorder if it lasts for a long time. Furthermore, it can cause significant distress and interferes with our life in other ways.

Types of Anxiety

Anxiety has types and can also be identified by these following traits:

  • Panic Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

The Physical Symptoms Of Anxiety

  • Uninvited Stomach Pain
  • Nausea
  • Digestive issues
  • Headaches
  • Sleeplessness, or other sleep issues i.e waking up very frequently during nights
  • Weakness Or Fatigue
  • Fast Breathing or Shortness Of Breath
  • Palpitations
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Muscle Stress or Pain

Every type of anxiety brings its own physical symptoms and sometimes, it is also confused with a panic attack.

In a panic attack, a person might have a fear of:

  • Dying
  • Troubled breathing and Choking
  • The body being numb or having a tingling sensation in different parts of the body
  • Chest Pain
  • Lightheaded, dizzy, or as if you might pass out
  • feel overheated or have chills

Anxiety is our body’s natural response to stress. It indicates us about the threats we have around and also helps us to be prepared and deal with it. This is called the fight-or-flight response.

Our body is not designed to always be on an alert. Being in constant fight-or-flight mode, which can happen with chronic anxiety, can have negative and serious effects on your body.

What Can Be The Treatment Of The Physical Symptoms Of Anxiety

According to the studies and researches were done, it is said that the anxiety we experience that anxiety symptoms were associated with ulcers. The same study also found that as anxiety and depression symptoms increased, it became more likely a person would have:

  • Asthma
  • Heart Issues
  • Migraines
  • Vision Issues
  • Back Problems

The studies say that asthma and anxiety are very closely linked and either asthma or anxiety can cause or result from the other.

Get Professional Help Through Marham

If you feel like your symptoms are upsetting your daily life and you can not deal with it, take professional help as soon as you can. With the help of, you can access thousands of doctors around you and also, you can talk to them through online video/audio call.

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Javeria Adil Chughtai

Javeria Adil Chughtai

A journalist and a medical researcher by profession, badminton player and photographer by passion. You can call me an artist but No, I can't draw you! 😀

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