How Anxiety Affects You Physically

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Anxiety has many mental and physical symptoms. It can be hard to know what is anxiety-related, and what may be caused by other mental health issues or physical conditions. Anxiety can feel like a burden on your mental health, but it doesn’t have to. South Coast Community Services is here to talk about anxiety and how it can affect you physically. Learn more about anxiety and contact our team to receive the help that you need!

Headaches & Nausea

Anxiety can cause tension, headaches, and nausea. This is because when you’re anxious, your body releases stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones can trigger the fight-or-flight response, which causes many physical symptoms including headaches and nausea.

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Fatigue & Insomnia

Anxiety can lead to mental and physical fatigue, which you may feel through a lack of energy and it can also turn into a lack of motivation to do anything. You might also have trouble falling or staying asleep at night because your brain is so active from being anxious, making it difficult to relax enough for sleep. Aside from being a nuisance, a lack of sleep can turn into a bigger problem down the road.

Excessive Sweating

Anxiety can cause you to sweat excessively as your body tries to regulate itself and keep you cool. This is because anxiety causes the blood vessels in your hands, feet, face, arms, and legs to dilate (become larger), which leads those areas of the body to feel hotter than usual. When this happens repeatedly it’s called hyperhidrosis.

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Chest Pain

Chest pain is a common symptom of anxiety that can be mistaken for a heart attack. This happens when the muscles in your chest tighten up as part of the fight-or-flight response. When this occurs often, it’s called chest pain syndrome or Prinzmetal angina.

Help Yourself Deal With Anxiety!

Anxiety is a mental health disorder that can cause many physical symptoms. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek help from a mental health professional. South Coast Community Services offers therapy for anxiety and other mental health issues. Contact us today to get started!