Understanding Anxiety and Identifying Its Symptoms

By HealthSignz | Published: July 12th, 2016

Anxiety is a common and helpful emotion that promotes alertness, focus and productivity, but it can also be incredibly upsetting, uncomfortable and hard to live with. It is a thought in the present moment that is focused on something going wrong in the future, and is often a notion that things are worse than they really are.

Difference Between Anxiety, Fear and Excitement

Fear and excitement can be helpful emotions, whereas anxiety can sometimes result in a lot of discomfort. These three natural and common emotions have one key difference – anxiety neither has a real reason nor is the reason always clear. It is similar to fear, but without any obvious danger.

Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Uncontrollable excessive worries about anything – from minor to major things
  • Several types of disturbing thoughts and feelings
  • Thinking that you may lose control 
  • Feeling detached from the world around you 
  • Thinking that everyone is watching you and knows that you are anxious 
  • Wanting to run away to avoid the situation 
  • Visiting the doctor often with irrational worries about your health
  • Feeling irritable 
  • Feeling fearful 
  • Lacking the ability to concentrate
  • Needing reassurance desperately 
  • Feeling dependent 
  • Feeling depressed 
  • Losing confidence

Physical Effects of Anxiety on Bodily Functions 

  • Dizziness 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Feeling sick 
  • Tense muscles (especially in the chest area) 
  • Headaches
  • Heart pounding 
  • Pins and needles 
  • Rapid breathing 
  • Sweating 
  • Urgency to use the toilet more often

Managing the thoughts mindfully and practicing deeper mindful meditation help in anxiety management and the journey from excessive anxiety to mindful wellbeing.  

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