10 Hidden Signs of Anxiety You Shouldn’t Ignore

Sometimes we can forget to take care of ourselves due to life’s daily hassles. It’s even possible to suffer from anxiety and not know it.

We all get anxious every now and then, like when speaking in public or boarding a plane.  But chronic anxiety can take a toll on your body. Let’s look at hidden signs of anxiety you may be ignoring.

Hidden Signs of Anxiety

1. Frequent Illnesses

Your body produces excess hormones when you’re anxious. Then it has to work hard to regulate these hormones.

If you’re anxious all the time, your body has to work harder than normal and this may weaken your immune system. As you may know, a weak immune system opens the door for all kinds of diseases.

2. Never-Ending Headaches

Having persistent headaches for weeks or even months could be a sign of anxiety.

We tend to clench our jaws, grind teeth, and tense the neck and facial muscles when stressed. These physical effects of anxiety can trigger headaches that never seem to go away.

3. Fatigue

According to Helpguide.org, people with generalized anxiety disorder are in constant worry every day of the week. Being in this state of constant worry can make you feel tired all the time.

4. Constant Body Aches

What do you usually do when you’re anxious? You probably clench your fist and jaw and flex all the muscles in the body.  Tensing these muscles frequently can result to muscle soreness and pain.

5. Poor Digestion

Anxiety affects our bodies more than most people realize. It can cause constipation, bloating, diarrhea, cramping, and other digestive problems.

What’s worse is that poor digestion can lead to anxiety and depression, according to research. Therefore, it’s important to improve digestion whether you struggle with anxiety or not.

6. Sleeplessness

Just like indigestion, sleepless and anxiety seem to create a vicious cycle. Anxiety makes it harder to fall asleep or sleep deeply, while sleeplessness can worsen anxiety symptoms.

Getting seven to eight hours of sleep every night can help you manage anxiety.

7. Feeling Self-Conscious

We are all self-conscious sometimes. However, if you always feel like all eyes are on you whenever you’re in social situations, it could be a sign of hidden anxiety.

You may want to talk to a therapist if you tremble, have difficulty talking, and even sweat profusely when around people.

8. Lack of Interest in Sex

Anxiety can hinder the release of gonadotropins, hormones that act in the testes and ovaries to help produce more sex hormones. Low levels of this hormone can result lower sex drive and sperm count and it can reduce ovulation.

9. Acne

Being stressed and anxious all the time can keep your cortisol levels elevated. According to research, high cortisol levels can trigger acne.

10. Concentration Problems

People with anxiety have difficulty focusing on one thing. This makes it hard to complete tasks and as a result, worsens their anxiety.

Do you have any of the anxiety symptoms mentioned above? If so, here are things you can do now to ease anxiety.

 

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173 comments

Marie W
Marie W8 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Lorraine Andersen
Lorraine A9 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Peggy B
Peggy B9 months ago

TYFS

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Joseph A
Joseph Aabout a year ago

Nice article!
This is a really informative post, that gives an insight about the signs of anxiety. Many times we do not understand that we are facing an anxiety issue and feel depressed. It is a big issue that is growing now, we need to find ways to come out of anxiety. There are many ways to get positivity in life like, the healthy food habits, breathing exercise and the many of the people prefer going for a psychic reading from http://www.martine-voyance.com with voyance pure instead of medication and antidepressants.

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joan s
joan sabout a year ago

TYFS

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Renata B
Renata Babout a year ago

Oh, I hoped it was a new article. I already commented (I suppose) on this. One of the two very bad authors of Care2.

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Fran F
Fran Fabout a year ago

Thanks for this information.

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Beverly D
Beverly Dabout a year ago

Thank God that I don't have anxiety issues - for the ones that do, God bless you and help you through with whatever issues you are having. I've known several individuals that have had some rather strong anxiety for one reason or another and my heart and prayers go out to them. Thank you for sharing. God bless~

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Amanda M
Amanda Mabout a year ago

I've got a bunch of these, but unfortunately they are largely due to circumstances beyond my control. In other words, I can't do a blessed thing about the stress in my life until certain circumstances improve or resolve in our favor (meaning such a way that I'm not the sole sacrificer anymore). Long story.

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Sheila Miller
Sheila Mabout a year ago

This information is very true. Anxiety causes so many problems.

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