Combating Anxiety - Part 2

The effects of anxiety are more than mental - they're also physical. 

And, it's important to build awareness around these physical symptoms, which often get overlooked. It's important for a number of reasons -

1. It enables people to seek help
2. It enables people to better understand the situations / triggers for anxiety
3. It helps people better understand how to treat / cope with their anxiety

A recent Harvard Health study has been published, which outlines key physical symptoms of anxiety, along with methods to ease those symptoms.

Below is a recap some of the key symptoms the author of the Harvard Heath study has noted that I've personally experienced and struggled with my own anxiety. 

1. Nausea

For me this has been an overall feeling of just not feeling well. It comes and goes but is very noticeable. For me, drinking water / tea, or taking a hot bath are some of the best ways I've experienced for getting rid of this symptom. 

2. Shortness of Breath

Anxiety increases our heartrate, which I believe also contributes to feeling short of breath. The key to overcoming this symptom for me has been to pause and take in deep breaths. Another coping mechanism for me is ensuring I am in a quiet room away from other people. This helps me calm down, slow my heartrate, and control my breathing. 

3. Stomach Pain

This symptom really started developing for me over the past year. It has varied in degree but has usually felt like a slight pang in the lower abdomen. Drinking warm tea has helped me combat this symptom the most. 

See below for the link to the full Harvard Health study, which includes a more in-depth look into the signs, symptoms, and coping mechanisms for anxiety.


Recognizing and easing the physical symptoms of anxiety - Harvard Health

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