“To Escape Fear You Have To Go Through It Not Around It.”
Anxiety is often regarded as a silent condition. Whenever a sufferer experiences an anxiety attack, there are visible signs. However, there are otherwise no telltale symptoms that can allow a lay person to verify whether or not he/she has anxiety.
Below are 3 signs of anxiety that you can’t ignore.
1. There is a constant sense of danger, tension, and dread
One of the most prominent signs of anxiety is tension. There are perennial aches in the body and a sense of malaise. You can get a massage or meditate to relax the body, but the subsequent benefits last for just a short duration for most sufferers.
Anxiety sufferers always tend to feel that something bad is going to occur. Such fear of the future can be completely disruptive to their daily life. The fear is not a medical phobia; it is an overall sensation of uneasiness. Thus, even if anxiety sufferers have something good to look forward to, such as a vacation, they will keep fussing about them being stuck in traffic and missing the plane, losing their luggage, etc.
“Feeling good and joyful is really hard for the anxiety sufferer.”
Anxiety sufferers tend to feel an ever-present danger without any known underlying causes. There is increased nervousness and stress about possible dangers lurking out there. If a bad event occurs in some other town, that event starts dictating how their everyday life is lived! Anxiety sufferers will get suspicious of everything around them, thereby worsening stress, anxiety, and tension.
2. Physical symptoms like insomnia, trembling, and breathlessness
People with anxiety are usually not able to shut down their brains due to thoughts racing through their minds. In some cases, increased intake of caffeine to quell anxiety may be the cause of sleeplessness. But insomnia is something that affects all anxiety sufferers on a daily basis, irrespective of whether caffeine was consumed or not.
“Sleep problems become difficult to overcome to the point that sufferers actually end up being afraid of those sleepless nights.”
Trembling is another one of the signs of anxiety. It can occur before, during, and after an anxiety attack. It can occasionally occur without any known causes, making the sufferer believe that the body is aware of something which the brain cannot detect. In most cases, trembling is the result of the excess stress exerted by the condition on the body.
Anxiety attacks may be accompanied by shortness of breath, rapid heartbeats, and lightheadedness. There is increased focus by anxiety sufferers on their breathing rate and how additional effort needs to be taken to breathe. Anxiety linked breathlessness can be chronic, or regular, or rare.
3. Feeling of not being in control
The sense of a loss of control can really take a toll on anxiety sufferers. Affected people feel that they cannot do anything other than just sit and be afraid of the future as they have no control over it. Most of us do have this feeling; however, unlike anxiety sufferers who get stuck in the rut, normal people tend to overcome the fear and start moving forward.