Stress is a normal part of life! Everyone gets “majorly stressed out” from time-to-time.
But at what point do you realize that your stress is actually an anxiety disorder!?
Did you know that anxiety effects more than 40 million adults in the United States?
Seriously, an average of 1 in every 4 adults you meet suffer from anxiety!
However millions of people live their whole life without ever learning how to properly cope with anxiety.
Most people think of anxiety symptoms as sleeping problems, nervousness, sweating, anxious feelings, and worry.
But there are some other symptoms that are actually quite surprising!
Below are 7 surprising signs that you may have anxiety.
1.) YOUR GUT HEALTH IS GETTING WORSE
Your stomach hurts. Constipation is normal. Your bowel movements are completely irregular. Bloating, gas, acid reflux, and gut pain is becoming a normal part of your life.
Your gut health and mental health are very connected.
If you are suffering psychological stress, you may start to notice your gut is acting up.
If you leave your anxiety disorder undiagnosed, you may start to believe you have a medical condition.
The longer you wait, the worse your symptoms will become.
2.) YOU WANT TO CRY – A LOT
In the beginning, you think, “I’m just PMS-ing! It’s been a stressful week or month.”
But the feeling never goes away!
The smallest thing can make you want to break down in tears.
Even in public, you want to start crying and you don’t know why!
Excessive emotion is a very normal response to stress and anxiety.
If you find yourself in an awkward situation where you CAN’T cry, but you need to, breath very deeply – in and out, in and out.
Once you are in private, go ahead and cry. Tears can help to release built-up emotions fantastically!
But your body can’t be exposed to long periods of stress and anxiety without experiencing worsening symptoms.
Professional help is a must – for your mental and physical well-being.
3.) YOU GET RANDOM SKIN FLARE-UPS
Anxiety can have a major effect on the health of your skin.
A person’s skin can tell a lot about what is going on on the inside of their body.
If you have ever been prone to psoriasis, eczema, hives, acne, etc., anxiety can make your condition far worse!
Stress and anxiety can cause chemical and hormonal fluctuations in your body, causing major changes to your skin.
To heal your skin, you need to identify what is causing your anxiety and get to the root problem!
Therapy will help you cope with the stress and anxiety in your life, allowing your skin condition to CALM DOWN.
4.) THE MUSCLE TENSION IS MAKING YOU CRAZY
…tight shoulders, clenched jaw, tight fists, hunching over for pain relief, aching back, etc.
Do you feel like your whole body is just one tense mess?
Muscle tension can also lead to debilitating headaches, a common symptom of anxiety.
Start getting regular deep tissue massages or visiting a trusted chiropractor.
This will help you combat muscle tension as you get professional help for your stress and anxiety disorder.
Also note that daily exercise is a great help for your mental and physical health!
5.) YOUR CONFIDENCE IS GOING AWAY
You use to feel so confident and self-assured!
Suddenly, you feel needy and dependent on others. What happened!?
Self-doubt and worry are two major symptoms of anxiety. With this comes the need for validation and encouragement.
You find yourself constantly asking others if you are thinking rationally – even if you know it will only give you a sense of peace for a few minutes.
You need to get professional help to learn how to gain back your self-confidence and learn how to cope with the uncertainty of daily living.
6.) YOU RANDOMLY “SPACE OUT”
It’s like you’re not in touch with reality, for a few moments.
You are overcome with thoughts of what COULD happen or what MIGHT happen.
Your mind has taken you to another dimension and you feel like you are living through a different situation than you are currently in.
Usually, this has to do with something that you have been worrying about in the future. It hasn’t happened yet, but you are convinced that it will!
Bad relationships, bad health, heartbreak, lonliness, tragedy, etc.
Any of these thoughts can cause you to space out and “go somewhere else” for a few moments – all while continuing to do what you were currently doing in reality!
7.) YOU YAWN A LOT MORE
This could partly have to do with the fact that anxiety causes major disruptions in healthy sleeping patterns.
But you may also yawn when you are nervous or feeling stressed.
As your anxiety builds, your heart rate picks up and you begin to breath more rapidly.
This quickened breath convinces your brain that it isn’t getting enough air, causing your brain to initiate yawning, as a way to inhale extra air.
So you find yourself combating wide, gaping yawns a lot more!
While these 7 signs of anxiety may help to bring awareness to a common mental health issue, you absolutely need to seek more long-term remedies.
Seek professional help and join a support group (online or in person).
You are never alone and there is a large community of people who suffer with anxiety and know exactly what you’re going through!