Anxiety is a dreadful condition for anyone.
We are all familiar with the butterflies in the stomach and the pressure in the lungs when you’re panicking. It sucks to feel like you have no control over your life. Some of us get anxious before a big event, like a job interview and others have trouble finding words to speak during a project presentation. These are all physical symptoms caused by stress. Here are some of the signs that you might have anxiety and not even be aware of it.
- Consistent Headaches.
If you have a chronic headache that keeps coming back no matter how much you treat it, then you might be suffering from anxiety. Constant migraines and headaches are common among people who suffer from anxiety. Over fifty percent of the people who have migraines also suffer from anxiety. If this sounds like you, then you shouldn’t worry, since there are a lot of treatment options for you. If you have already tried over the counter medication and you’re still not at peace, then you may want to try therapy or meditation.
- Going Often To the Bathroom.
Do you need to go to the bathroom before some big social event? According to one study in 2011, there is a strong correlation between anxiety and they often need to urinate. Stress can cause irregularities in our bowel movements. The familiar butterflies in the stomach that we mentioned earlier are actually spasms in your intestine which can speed up your digestion process leading you to have diarrhea. Sometimes these spasms might occur only in one area of your intestine, leading you to suffer from constipation.
- Tense Muscles.
Do you ever feel like you have a sore neck or back, or you find yourself cracking your fingers? That muscle stiffness is probably a symptom of stress. Muscle tension can last for so long that most people actually become used to it. Don’t normalize body stiffness. Pain is a way for your body to tell you to de-stress. Start exercising to loosen your muscles. Going out for a jog or practicing yoga can help you relax those tense muscles. Regular stretching and meditation therapy are also really helpful for your body.
It is totally normal to want to do your best but there is a fine line between doing the best that you can and trying to be the best. Although it is very useful to pay attention to detail, it is impossible to be perfect. All this pressure can bring stress to anyone. If you are the type of person who needs perfect results whether it is from work goals to planning the perfect vacation, you might be harming yourself more than you would think you are. This kind of behavior is linked to anxiety which shows symptoms such as the need to be in control and fear of failure.
- Having Trust Issues.
Do you often feel intimidated or even threatened when you meet new people, despite everyone else around liking them? These kinds of feelings are probably triggered by anxiety. People that suffer from anxiety have it more difficult to make a difference between a positive and a negative situation. You might think you are only protecting yourself from social threats, but the truth is you are simply afraid of being vulnerable and open to new connections.
Do you suffer from any of these signs?