10 Most Common Anxiety Symptoms – Mental Health

we ran a poll of the most common physical symptoms of anxiety and this video will list the ten most common in reverse order we received over 5,000 votes on this poll when we ran it on our old website so this list has been created with votes from real sufferers and is not the view of one person if you do have any of these symptoms that we list and you’re concerned about them make sure you book an appointment to see your GP in at ten on our list is headaches headaches migraines very common symptoms of an anxiety disorder tension headaches pressure the tight band around your head shooting pains in your head and face or stabbing pains some people describe anxiety headaches as feeling like they have a pressure in their head or their head feels like it’s about to explode at nine is dizziness and dizziness can often be a trigger which leads to a full-blown panic attack or it may be one of the scarier symptoms that you’ll experience during an anxiety attack feeling lightheaded faint off-balance and steady that you might faint or pass out or the you might fall over it might also feel as though you’re walking on a boat on water the floor beneath you feels like it’s moving up and down or side to side that you’ll feel that your legs might not support you your unsteady or it’s hard to keep your balance all of those feelings can be attributed to anxiety dizziness and common causes of anxiety dizziness are taking too much or too little oxygen when breathing stress and fatigue eight on our list is jelly legs or weak legs experiencing weak or jelly legs can be a frightening feeling when suffering with anxiety and when we’re in a heightened state of anxiety the mind and body react by either confronting the perceived fear or running away from it the same thing happens in the event of an anxiety attack the blood rushes to your muscles and organs in preparation for a confrontation of some kind in some cases the increased rush of blood makes you feel that your legs are suddenly saw however your leg muscles are merely reacting to the feelings your legs are just getting ready whether you’re going to run away or topple down when you’re in an increased state of anxiety and you feel that your legs are like jelly your typical reaction would be to give in to this feeling sit down and wait until it doesn’t feel like anymore but this won’t help the right response is to continue to use your legs use up the excess adrenaline which has been released into your system the seventh most common symptom on our poll was palpitations it’s believed that the cause of heart palpitations may be an over awareness of our own hearts combined with surges of adrenaline that may occur at random times all heart palpitations eyes heartbeats that suddenly become more noticeable it might feel like your heart is pounding fluttering or beating irregularly often just for a few seconds or minutes and you can sometimes also feel these sensations in your throat or neck palpitations certainly seem alarming but in most cases they’re harmless and they’re not a sign of a problem with your heart as six in our list is sweating anxiety activates a natural stress response which causes the body to increase perspiration it’s the readying for the body for a perceived threat of danger and sweating is a part of what we call the fight-or-flight response where the body prepares for danger sweating isn’t harmful in fact sweating is actually good for you it uses perspiration as a means to expel toxins from the body fifth on our list is tension and muscle aches muscle pain muscle tension tight muscles and stiffness are all common symptoms of anxiety as long as the body stress remains elevated one or a group of muscles can remain tight causing anxiety related muscle tension symptoms things like taking a hot shower having a massage doing some yoga or stretching exercises might help with muscle tension also take a look into some progressive muscle relaxation audio exercises where you can work through the various muscle groups to help and relax your mind and body a four in our list shortness of breath anxiety related breathing issues tend to be a result of hyperventilation hyperventilation also known as over breathing occurs when your body is receiving too much oxygen and is expelling too much carbon dioxide becoming conscious of how you’re breathing and having a hard time catching your breath is a common symptom and anxiety feeling like you have to force yourself to breathe in fear that if you don’t you’ll stop breathing or pass out or for no apparent reason you feel out of breath and find yourself doing an unusual amount of yawning unit attempt to catch your breath it can also feel like you’re so out of breath that you have to gasp for air whether you can’t breathe deep enough shortness of breath when it’s related to anxiety will go away once your breathing returns to normal if you can control compensating by trying to get too much air you should be able to get your breathing to feel natural again taking a relaxing walk or doing some breathing exercises will help regulate your air intake a3 is digestive problems the mind and the gut have a strong connection both are affected by the same hormones and neurotransmitters both are extremely sensitive to stress and changes in those chemical patterns and that’s why when you have anxiety stomach problems are incredibly common irritable bowel syndrome or IBS a condition characterized by stomachaches cramping bloating gas constipation and/or diarrhea is basically an anxiety in the digestive tract an IBS isn’t always related to anxiety but the two often occur together and can make each other worse anxiety also releases a great deal of adrenaline an adrenaline changes the way the body processes nutrients especially glucose whenever your body’s nutrient processing changes it has the potential to affect your overall digestion and stomach comfort anxiety may also affect stomach acid breathing exercises your diet and sighs our three key things you should look into to try and ease any digestive problems associated with anxiety a second most common symptom of anxiety is an increased heart rate also known as tachycardia it’s a heart beat described as over a hundred beats per minute in a healthy adult an increase in your heart rate often causes a considerable amount of fear because when it occurs randomly it makes you think that something is wrong with your heart it’s not uncommon for those with anxiety to know that their heart is fine in general but when they’re experiencing this increased heart rate they feel as though they’re having a heart attack or that one is coming and once your body is flooded with adrenaline or if you’re hyperventilating your heart beat won’t slow down until it gets back to its normal balance your heart is beating quickly because it needs to if your heart beat could be slowed down before your body goes back to normal you wouldn’t get enough blood to the areas that need it so unfortunately tachycardia is an anxiety symptom that needs to be waited out and the best thing that you can do for yourself is to learn to control your anxiety and stop your anxiety from getting out of control try some relaxation strategies and breathing techniques that can help you stay calm in the moment and the most common physical symptom of anxiety on our list is fatigue and exhaustion anxiety is naturally tiring it can essentially cause both low and high levels of fatigue and leave you feeling physically and mentally drained some people simply feel tired throughout the day others feel tired only after a panic or anxiety attack others might feel extreme fatigue finding that they need to nap during the day just to make it through fatigue can be caused by a number of contributing factors such as not getting enough sleep a poor diet the crash after a panic attack even depression anxiety and fatigue can result in a vicious cycle anxiety can cause fatigue because the physical and emotional symptoms are draining your body uses up its energy when it’s on high alert and ready to deal with threats anxiety will also make you feel mentally fatigued because it’s exhausting focusing on fear and worry this mindset can then also prevent you from falling asleep and insomnia is a common side effect of anxiety and the sleepless nights will make you feel even more tired fatigue makes it harder to cope with stressful situations so the problem builds until you can’t resolve difficult situations effectively fatigue was voted the most common physical symptom of anxiety in our poll but that doesn’t indicate that it’s the most debilitating or the worst felt symptom and if you’re experiencing symptoms that didn’t make this list don’t worry it’s not because we think they’re any less important or any less debilitating we could probably turn this list into a top 100 symptoms if we really sat and thought about it now make sure you hit that subscribe button for more mental health and 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10 Most Common Anxiety Symptoms - Mental Health