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If You Thought Anxiety Is Just In Your Mind, Then Read This To Know Where Exactly Is Anxiety In Your Body

Anxiety is a common emotion that affects everyone from time to time. We may feel anxious about something coming up or even the everyday tasks like going grocery shopping. Anxiety can manifest itself in our bodies, bringing about physical sensations we don’t usually connect with being ‘anxious.’

Understanding where anxiety is located in your body and how it makes you feel can be an incredibly useful tool that allows us to better manage our own stress levels and mental health overall.

In today’s blog post, we’ll explore some of the typical areas of the body where people commonly experience anxiety and talk through different ways to try to reduce their intensity!

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways for different people

Anxiety can take on many forms for different people. Some may find themselves with an increased heartbeat, sweating, or generally feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Others may become short tempered or agitated with seemingly little provocation.

Even physical manifestations such as nausea and headaches can occur. The lack of control and overwhelming feeling that anxiety brings clearly have the ability to affect individuals physically and emotionally, often putting an uncomfortable strain on relationships and life experiences.

Trying to determine the root cause of anxiety is the first step in getting help; it’s important to take note of any recurring situations or events that make you particularly anxious so that counselors and psychologists can properly diagnose you when seeking counseling.

With proper guidance, being able to identify triggers ensure more successful management of your emotions in the future.

Physical only manifestation of anxiety

Anxiety can manifest itself in physical symptoms that can be highly distressing and disruptive to everyday life. For some people, their only onset of anxiety is physical; tightness in their chest, a rapid-beating heart, dizziness or feeling faint.

Other potential sign include nausea, difficulty concentrating or focusing on tasks, shortness of breath and trembling. It is important to keep these physical symptom in mind and make sure that you are getting professional help if needed – your physical health should always be a top priority. 

Mental only manifestation of anxiety

Anxiety can manifest itself in different ways, and it is true that for some people it is more physical, like racing hearts and feeling sick – but for others, anxiety is more mental. This might mean worrying too much about small matters, or feeling like no matter what they do or how hard they try, there is a low-level pressure on them constantly.

It also often involves obsessive worrying about anything from the future to past mishaps. People that experience these kinds of mental symptoms of anxiety are encouraged to practice mindfulness and self-care activities such as yoga or meditation – and in extreme cases, consulting a medical professional might be beneficial.

How to know where anxiety is coming from

It can be helpful to keep a journal of when your anxiety is triggered and how you were feeling at time. Writing down what was happening who was involved and the emotions you felt can help you to identify patterns in your life or environment that are contributing to your heightened stress level.

Noting when these activities or experiences began may help you pinpoint exactly where your anxiety is coming from. Additionally, speaking with a counsellor or therapist can provide insight into other issues that might be placing you under significant psychological stress.

Becoming mindful of any chronic thoughts or habits that lend themselves to increasing anxiety levels is key to understanding how and why it affects you.

It is important to understand where your anxiety is coming from and what trigger it. If you are not sure there are some tests you can do at home to help narrow it down.

Once you know you can start working on strategies to manage it. Do you think your anxiety is physical or mental? What have been your triggers? Share your thought in the comments below.

Fen Hsuen

Fen Hsuen is a leading voice in the western world when it comes to the masterful art of sound therapy. Originally pursuing high levels of education in neuroscience and pharmacology, she quickly became fascinated by the potential for sound as a healing modality. This interest led her to start brainvalley, one of the first companies to offer online sound therapy courses. Fen is also a psychedelic science advocate, and is well known for her content around health and wellness.

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