16 Physical Effects of Anxiety

Thursday, February 27, 2020

16 Physical Effects of Anxiety

Even though feeling anxious might be just a mental state, living under long exposure of anxious or nervous state may generate some physical issues. First, we need to clarify the difference between anxiety and excitement. For these emotions, you might experience similar physical sensation such as fast heartbeat, profuse sweating, high and jittery energy, but the reasons behind it might be different. Excitement comes from positive memories and experience. Anxiety is the opposite, and sometimes it can be for no clear reason at all. With that in mind, here are some points for physical effects of anxiety:

  1. Heart palpitations
  2. Rapid and shallow breathing
  3. Bloated stomach, Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS) or other digestive issues
  4. Urgency to go to the bathroom more
  5. Sweaty hands and feet
  6. Glittery and cold hands and legs
  7. Tense muscles and very difficult to relax the 
  8. Restriction feeling on the chest cause difficulty to breathe properly
  9. Dry mouth and lips 
  10. Addictive behaviors to drugs and alcohol
  11. Headaches and migraine 
  12. Fatigue
  13. Circadian rhythm disturbance
  14. Metabolism issues 
  15. Unbalanced or disturbed endocrine gland hormones 
  16. Chronic Insomnia or poor sleep quality can cause many issues in the long run. For example, slow recovery sickness, irritation in the morning, lower back pain, restless leg syndrome, asthma, allergies, digestive issues, liver diseases, kidney diseases and cancers.

Anxiety affects everyone to some degree. Some are more mild and some are more severe than others. First, we need to be less fearful about anxiety by understanding how anxiety can affect your mind, body and overall health. Then we can take preventative action, practice coping skills, or look for professional help to keep it under control. So we can manage life with ease and grace.