Hidden signs of anxiety are all common symptoms of Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS), a chronic illness I have suffered from for the last four years. It was only on this diagnosis did I notice all the symptoms of anxiety I suffer with and have suffered with in the past. I wish I knew back then the signs and had done something earlier about my anxiety. While one of these symptoms alone doesn’t mean you have any kind of anxiety disorder, if you notice a pattern along with commonly feeling anxious you may be able to treat and help yourself.
Hidden signs of anxiety number one: Feeling the need to be strong or attempting to completely ignore stressful situations.
If you are someone who doesn’t deal with stress? Or want to appear as if you deal with stress really well? You could in short be making your chance of anxiety more likely because stress needs to be dealt with healthily. While it’s good to appear as if nothing bothers you, in the long run, it may make things worse.
Hidden signs of anxiety number two: Headaches and Migraines.
You physiological and psychological systems within the body are heavily intertwined. If you regular sufferer from headaches or migraines it may well be due to a built of two things. Cortisol, the stress hormone along with muscle tension around the head and neck all created with stress. If you suffer from headaches for no real reason, the headache is a sign from your body something is not right- do not ignore it.
Hidden signs of anxiety number three: Digestive issues and eating.
Struggling to eat anything one day or wanting to eat everything in sight the next, again for no apparent reason. In panic your body goes into survival mode, that includes trying to obtain as many calories as possible. Opposingly to this is a feeling of nausea, it’s like that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach you get with guilt. For me this manifests itself into only being able to eat the sweetest foods. Theres have been times my diet consisted of three bags of sweets and three bowls of cereals a day.
Irritable bowel syndrome is frequently linked to anxiety. About 85% of the chemical ‘Seretonin’, the chemical produced in your body to make you feel calm or happy is produced in your gastrointestinal tract*. Therefore the more nervous, the less serotonin and the worse the digestion, giving whats commonly called IBS. Symptoms range massively but also include heartburn and nausea.
Hidden signs of anxiety number four: Racing and repeating thoughts.
Again at times everyone will have this, as everyone has the ability to feel stressed and anxious. However if you feel like your mind is going at a million miles an hour, going over what you need to do that day or what you could have done differently, this could be a sign.
Hidden signs of anxiety number five: Constant little habits. (e.g. biting your nails, moving your hands, inability to sit still)
When your anxious you have a more than normal amount of the fight or flight hormone, cortisol, racing around you body. These are signs your body is wanting to do something to emit these chemicals in some way.
Hidden signs of anxiety number six: Saying ‘I’m tired’ because the time you were meant to sleep you were actually racing through fictional situations.
Yes worrying about things is a normal part of life. But going over and over things that haven’t happened and probably won’t happen? It’s another of the hidden signs of anxiety when paired with other symptoms.
Hidden signs of anxiety number seven: Tense muscles.
I know often in the morning if my jaw hurts it’s because I have been tense the previous day. In my sleep I have been clenching my jaw as a result of anxiety. If you have muscle tension or feel sore often in the day, it may be as a result of anxious muscle tension.
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