Coping With Physical Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety can manifest itself in a variety of ways. Join us as Suzanne Kamfar, anxiety, mind-body specialist, and former ER physician, discusses the physical symptoms of anxiety and what’s really happening in our bodies whenever we experience anxiety and stress.
Watch the interview below or read the summary that follows.
What are the physical symptoms of anxiety?
- The physical symptoms of anxiety can show up in our bodies in many ways we are unaware of. For example, you might feel that your heart is about to jump outside of your chest or pain in your chest.
- Physical symptoms of anxiety can also show in your digestive system, including stomach pain or diarrhea.
- Intense sweating from your hand or palms is another physical symptom of anxiety.
Why does this happen?
- When you start to feel anxious there is a system that is activated that perceives something in your environment as a threat. Our nervous system reacts and your body starts getting ready to respond to take care of yourself with the fight or flight response. The signal transpires throughout the rest of our body and your body starts reacting the way it needs to become tense so you can actually either fight or flee.
- This is called the sympathetic nervous system and when it gets triggered it does not discriminate. So when it activates it kind of produces a lot of neurotransmitters all throughout your body. That’s the response or the symptoms that we see in your heart, digestive system, or sweaty palms.
What can we do about it?
- The first step is to become aware of what’s happening in your body. Understand that this is an automatic response to anxiety. Your heart is beating so fast but that does not mean you’re going to get a heart attack.
- There is another part of the brain or the nervous system that’s called parasympathetic, it is the part of your nervous system that brings stillness, calm, tranquility to your body. Being able to activate this system can bring you back from the heightened state of anxiety.
- There are many techniques to activating the parasympathetic nervous system. One of the easiest is using breathing techniques to bring calm. So as you find yourself in a high anxiety situation start focusing on only your breath. Focus on your breathing when you inhale and when you exhale and as you start exhaling, you focus your attention to the air that you’re taking in. Follow your breath inside your body as it goes through your nostrils to the back of your throat, goes down your chest, and then it goes down to your lungs. Imagine that you’re following it and expanding your lungs. Then as you breathe out, say belly and follow with your mind the breath all the way back out.
Anxiety Treatment With An Experienced Therapist
Seek out help from an experienced anxiety specialist at Eddins Counseling Group, in Houston, TX. Our anxiety specialists can help you get the root of your anxiety and ways to cope with the physical symptoms.
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