It’s a well-known fact that mind and body share a powerful connection. We’ve all experienced this strong bond so many times; for instance, when we’re excited about something we can actually feel the famous butterflies in the stomach; when we’re angry we can feel that tension making our muscles hurt, and so on. Our emotions affect certain bits of our body and the other way around; when we’re in pain or discomfort, our mind gets involved as well. Now, when we're experiencing a set of determined physical signs, it's common to link them with certain medical conditions, and we start worrying about having a disease. However, the last thing that comes into our minds in these situations is that a mental state might be reflecting on our body. That’s the case with anxiety, perhaps the mental condition that manifests the most through physical signs that can be easily confused with something else.
There are many types of anxiety and some of them relate to more serious disorders. However, it’s also true that we've all felt a certain degree of anxiety at least once in our life. It’s become a common belief that anxiety is the main condition of younger generations. While that might be true, it's also linked to our current lifestyle, the reality we’re witnessing, and the fact that this condition has been more widely studied than ever before. Either way, most of us have experienced it without knowing or identifying it because it’s easier or more obvious to associate these symptoms with something else.
Whenever someone experiences anxiety, it manifests in different ways, so you might not even realize the core origin of the symptoms you're experiencing.The following are the most common physical signs related to anxiety. If you’ve presented them with no apparent reason, it’s important to consider anxiety as the main trigger. And if that’s the case, it’s important for you to pay a visit to the doctor instead of trying to cover them with random medication.
Anxiety is defined as a state of uneasiness that can be combined with fear, panic, compulsive behaviors, nervousness, among other sensations. One of the most common ways it reflects on our body is through our cardiac system. It can involve chest pain or a particular pressure that makes it very hard to breathe. Breathing is naturally linked to our cardiac rhythm, so when we have problems breathing properly, we don’t get the required amount of oxygen that the lungs transform into carbon dioxide. Naturally, when we're not able to produce the normal amount of the latter, the blood vessels that transport it also present an imbalance. This is medically known as hyperventilation. Since we’re not having the proper oxygenation, our cardiac rhythm also tries to parallel with our breathing, causing too many palpitations that provoke pain or discomfort.
This lack of oxygenation not only affects our cardiac system. Remember what I said about the blood vessels? When the carbon dioxide levels are low, these start narrowing, making it difficult for the blood to reach the brain. This can produce slight dizziness or headaches. Now, because these are common symptoms that can be linked to almost anything, it’s hard to know if you’re actually experiencing them due to anxiety. That’s why it’s important to trace a pattern of when you’re presenting them to determine their cause.
When we’re feeling anxious we release adrenaline, medically known as epinephrine. This hormone can cause an imbalance in the stomach and intestine acids and enzymes provoking nausea and sometimes vomiting. Moreover, people experiencing anxiety can also develop other types of gastrointestinal issues, like problems processing food and diarrhea, and a condition known as dyspepsia (which includes stomach pain, bloating, heartburn, and loss of appetite).
Finally, the most common symptom or obvious physical sign provoked by anxiety is muscular tension. This can be manifested basically in every part of the body with muscle tissue, from extremities to vital organs. We experience muscular tension all the time leaving anxiety aside because we face constant stress all the time. Enter again our friend adrenaline. When this hormone is released, our muscles tense and prepare for every eventuality, but with people suffering from anxiety this system is constantly active, provoking pain and a difficulty to release that tension. However, when our muscles naturally get some relief, instead of feeling good and unstressed we feel weakness and discomfort. That’s why it’s important to know how to balance the vitamins and enzymes of our body in these situations, so we don’t present a chronic muscular affliction.
Anxiety might be the condition our generation endures the most. However, the fact that it’s common doesn’t mean that it’s irrelevant or that we should neglect our body responses. If you want to know more about anxiety, take a look at these:
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