Most people who have experience of anxiety agree that it is one of the most debilitating mental illnesses there is. People who suffer from anxiety are affected in multiple ways, not only mentally by physically as well. So, what exactly are the common symptoms and sensations of anxiety? One of the more common sensations associated with all types of anxiety disorders is a rapid heartbeat. This is as a result of the increased amount of adrenaline that is being circulated around the body. Adrenaline is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands in the human body, commonly known as the fight or flight hormone. It is released during stressful situations. The increase in heart rate results in an increase in muscle strength, blood pressure and sugar metabolism. This is mainly why people with anxiety disorders feel tired often as they are burning up more than normal amounts of energy. Another common symptom of anxiety is sweating. I used to suffer particularly badly with sweating, which was anxiety related. It was exacerbated when I had to make class presentations or attend job interviews. I remember during one particular job interview that I attended in front of five people, sweat was literally pouring down my face and into my eye! I felt even more self-conscious because of this, which in turn made my anxiety far worse.
Other common sensations associated with anxiety is having a dry mouth. I remember when I was at High School there was a girl that I didn’t get on with at all. We would often argue. She told her mother about me, then on my way back from school the girl’s mother stopped me and started shouting at me in the street. I remember having a full-blown panic attack and my mouth went dry. At the time I didn’t know why, only in hindsight I know why.
Another common sensation associated with anxiety is having a stomach ache. I remember back in 2003 I was working for an IT company. I absolutely detested working for that company, the people were rude and would often ignore me when I went in of a morning. I began to become really anxious about going to work. When driving down the motor way on my way to work, I would often have butterfly sensations in my stomach and feel like I was going to be physically sick.
Insomnia is a common symptom of all anxiety disorders. From about 14 years of age until my mid-thirties I had real issues sleeping. I would wake up multiple times in the night, mainly to go to the toilet. When I did sleep it was only surface level, I could never sleep deeply. I have since found out how damaging sleep deprivation is. It is during sleep time that our body repairs itself, going without sleep affects the immune system, your metabolism and your ability to recover from anxiety overall.
Finally, the last common sensation associated with anxiety is IBS, IBS system stands for irritable bowel syndrome. IBS may be triggered by the immune system which is directly affected by stress. There is scientific proof that controlling your stress levels can prevent and control IBS symptoms. Deep breathing exercises and visualisation exercises have been proven to help reduce stress and therefore reduce symptoms of IBS.