Anxiety often presents itself in different ways. Most of us have experienced some level of anxiety at one point or an0ther. Sometimes we can experience it in the form of sweaty palms. Other times it can be in the form of a racing heart. But there are times that you can be under such a heightened level that it presents itself in different – less obvious ways. It is one of those things that can alter your whole personality and the way you do things without you even realizing about it. Here are 5 surprising ways that anxiety shows itself.
The brain and your stomach are very closely related. This can be seen when you get butterflies in your stomach just by thinking of something. Or when your stomach is in knots as you prepare for a big event or decision. But these are both instances where you are fully aware of why you have butterflies or why your stomach is in knots. When being anxious becomes such a normal part of your day-to-day existence, you may not realize that your heartburn, upset stomach, or acid reflux as a result of the anxiety that your body is experiencing. Sometimes it takes the ruling out of many other disorders or medical issues to realized that your digestive issues may be the result of anxiety. Once you see it for what it is, you can have better control over it.
Anxiety can Lead to Confusion
Anxiety can cause you to feel very confused or if you are walking in a fog. Even if you do not realize that you are operating under a heightened level of anxiety, you may still feel these effects. You may find that you become confused when trying to remember details. Or you may find it difficult to follow conversations or formulate logical thoughts. This confusion can be due to either your mind going blank or because there are too many thoughts running through your mind. Most of the time this confusion comes and goes as opposed to happening of the time. General confusion or the feeling of having disjointed thoughts can be a symptom of anxiety.
Anxiety Can Cause Tiredness
Did you know that anxiety can physically tire you out? The truth is that it can and often does. When you body is experiencing a great deal of stress, your muscles tense. This can tire you out and make you very tired without you even realizing why you are so tired. When you are under a great deal of stress, your body will begin to shut down as a way of protecting itself. As discussed earlier, anxiety can lead to confusion and disjointed thoughts. Trying to process these thoughts can be mentally draining and can lead to physical tiredness. You may not realize why you are suddenly so tired or taking frequent naps, but it could be related to anxiety.
Those fighting anxiety may also find themselves fighting perfectionism. It will tell you that everything must look or be a certain way and, if it is not, you are a failure. It may also tell you that you are not where you need to be in life or that you are unworthy of any good thing that happens to you. Anxiety tells you these things and the quest for perfection is what we do in response to these feelings. Perfectionism is a lesser-known symptom because people sometimes fail to realize that it stems from the desire to do things perfectly on the first try. This leads to perfectionist behaviors that, ironically, the anxiety perpetuates.
Anxiety releases a great deal of chemicals and hormones that prepare you to be able to respond to tense situations. Your immune is given a boost when this happens. In most circumstances, your immune system returns to normal. But in circumstances where you frequently experience a high level of anxiety, your immune system does not have time to recover. This leads to being much more susceptible to illnesses. The compromising of the immune system is a surprising symptom to many, but it is good to know so that you are aware of how seriously anxiety can impact your health.
If you battle anxiety, have you ever experienced any of these things? Comment below if you have ever experienced these or any other surprising symptoms of anxiety.