Signs of anxiety symptoms are numerous. Some may be experienced by an individual and not necessarily experienced by another. However, the list of symptoms can be extensive.
Getting a comprehensive look at all possible signs and high anxiety symptoms will give you a better understanding of what you are experiencing in your mind and body. This will demonstrate a clear idea of the effects of anxiety on your mind, body, interpersonal relationships, and life in general.
Anxiety Symptoms and Signs
- Racing heart (palpitations)
- Blurry vision
- Stomach pains or discomfort
- Nausea that may of may not lead to vomiting
- Chest tightness or heavy feeling in chest
- Constant headaches or migraines that may be daily
- Feeling hot even when it is not that hot (hot flashes)
- Excessive perspiration
- Sudden periods of shortness of breath (SOB)
- Insomnia or continuously waking up through the night
- Daily exhaustion
- Shaking, tremors, leg shaking
- Startled or jumpy
- Eating either too much or too little
- Constant worry
- Too much Social Media and TV (spending most of your day engaged in these activities)
- Criticizing your every move or decision
- Afraid to speak up/ask questions
- Thinking everyone is looking at you funny and judging you
- Perfectionism and people-pleasing
- Worrying about every word, phrase, saying coming out of your mouth when interacting with people
- Annoyed by little things and people
- Skin break outs
- In need to be in full control of people, events, tasks etc.
- Avoiding people, places, events, activities
- Difficulty concentrating, staying focused, paying attention
- Over-planning everything
- Random bursts of crying and/or difficulty controlling emotions
- Defensiveness and challenging or argumentative behavior
- Memory problems
- Lack of patience
- Panic/anxiety attacks
- Needing constant reassurance
- Numbness and tingling in hands, feet or face
- Zoning out
- Nit picking and obsessing
- Constant what-if scenario plays
- Increased need for urination
- Fast pace walking
- Wearing a jacket when its warm outside because you feel “exposed”
- Uneasy feeling in a new place or environment
- Avoiding interactions with people
- Being a home body and not wanting to leave the house
- Biting or picking at nails, skin, lips when anxious
- Lightheartedness in anxious situations
- Feeling a lump in throat/sudden swallowing difficulty
- Random jelly legs or restless legs
- Verbal stammering or stuttering
- Forgetting words or what you were talking about
- Constantly apologizing for everything
- Blushing or facial flushing
- Confusion and disconnection
- Out of body experience
- Muscle tension especially around neck and shoulders
- Feel like passing out or fainting
- Strong feeling of impeding doom
- Issues with coordination and clumsiness
- Cold chills
- Falling asleep during the day/passing out
- Frequent naps
- Sexual disinterest
- lack of interest in daily tasks
- Impaired functioning
Understanding the signs
High anxiety symptoms are numerous. There are many small factors that we have adopted in our daily lives that we may not think are a sign of anxiety. Sometimes these generalized anxiety symptoms are so embedded into our everyday lives that we don’t even realize that were using them as coping mechanisms.
Even if one cannot explain what anxiety and understand their feelings, somehow they know they feel it, they feel it in their core. Symptoms of anxiety continue to be uncovered even today. Anxiety is experienced individually therefore the degree at which you feel symptoms may be higher for some and lower for others.
If you are a high functioning individual, your anxiety may manifest as overly organized and over planner, crossing all your t’s and dotting all your i’s. In that sense, family and friends may not think you are manifesting anxiety or, may think you are lying or even exaggerating for that matter.
This is not the case however, as a high functioning individual your symptoms may be more hidden and clouded by high performance characteristics like perfectionism. Only you can be the judge of your feelings.
Track how you feel
Track how you feel and what makes you more anxious in order for healing to occur. Observe the factors that bring about your anxiety and, when you demonstrate these signs and symptoms the most.
These anxiety symptoms and signs don’t necessarily happen every day or on the same level or degree every day.
Experiencing these symptoms after a tragic incidence is perfectly normal. If you had an immediate death in the family for instance and its bringing about anxiety, allow yourself to grieve.
Quick relief solutions for these cases are not possible. If anxiety continues daily and begins to interfere with your life, that’s when it has turned problematic.
When anxiety begins to ultimately make your decisions for you on steps you want to take, people to talk to, and life events, that is when you should say enough is enough. When it is interfering with your daily tasks, that is when it needs to be handled with appropriate care.
It is important to recognize symptoms and avoid these feelings whenever possible and practice good mental health habits daily regardless.
Even if you feel like you are not anxious or have anxiety, taking the time to practice calming effects and positive reinforcement is always beneficial to the mind and for coping.
You are not the only one experiencing this dreaded feeling. You are not the only one suffering in silence. With appropriate action in healing and recovery, anything is possible. Acceptance and recognition are just the first steps.
Seeing the signs of anxiety symptoms will encourage you to dig deep inside and reflect on your feelings. It can guide you into understanding what you are experiencing in order to create the right moves to overcome these hurdles.
Overcoming these hurdles can only result in positive outcome, one where fear and worry are not holding you back from pursuing your goals in life.
Listen to what your body is telling you and the signals it is giving. These momentarily harmless signs and symptoms as they appear can lead to further health concerns and disease when left untreated. Take control.