It is no secret that anxiety can mess with your mind. However, not many people know that it can also trigger multiple physical symptoms that can be just as unpredictable and unpleasant. People who have gone through the experience of an anxiety-induced panic attack can vouch for how these physical symptoms can make their life miserable, even if they are temporary. To complicate things even more, some people develop these physical symptoms without an emotional component, making it hard to link them with anxiety.
But how does a mental illness like anxiety trigger physical manifestations? When your brain is constantly ruminating over fear or worry, it signals the body to secrete cortisol, a powerful hormone that regulates stress. The secretion of cortisol is the body’s way of protecting you from perceived harm or threat. But since there is no underlying threat in most cases, your body triggers a cascade of physical symptoms that may make you feel exhausted, freaked out, or scared.
So what are the effects of anxiety on physical health? Is your tight chest, tense jaw, or sore throat anxiety-related? This article explains some of the anxiety’s most common physical manifestations and provides tips to start feeling better.
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