When someone says the word ‘anxiety’ many refer it to excessive worrying, they don’t think of the physical effects it can have on a person. At this moment I am worried about writing right now, yet I feel my throat closing up. I’m feeling anxious in this environment, and my body is going into defence mode. Anxiety can take control of oneself, it not just takes control over one’s mindset.
Anxiety can take control of one’s body, it not just takes control over one’s mindset. Think about it, if something can control someone’s mental capacity and their decision maker, it has overriding authority over the body and its movements.
This is why I felt sick for months and months on end. You see I’ve always had mild anxiety and I thought I knew when I was feeling it, yet I didn’t. I remember last October I was beginning to feel cramps and just overall unwell, and as a girl, I thought “oh my period must be coming”. It wasn’t until two weeks of feeling like this that I began questioning what my body was doing with me. At this point, I wasn’t attending most of my university classes and wasn’t adventuring outside of my house as much as I use too; the effects of anxiety had appeared here and there weeks beforehand. It wasn’t until I went to a local cafe to catch up with a friend that I knew something was wrong. I cancelled the original date, barely ate or drank, and came up with some weird bazaar excuse to leave, and this is probably the first time this person hears this. And to be completely honest at that moment I still didn’t know what was happening to me. It took myself a few months to come to the realisation that the physical pains I was feeling were associated with anxiety and that my anxiety reached severe levels.
I compiled a list of symptoms one might feel through times of anxiousness.
Withdrawing from family, friends and social activities
Avoiding those who one might hold a close friendship is a significant sign of suffering especially when these outings are outside of one’s safe environment, their home.
Changes in eating &/or sleeping habits
In times of nervousness, most people can lose their appetite, and either lose sleep because of excessive worrying or gain sleep as a way to avoid facing the world.
Lack of ability to complete daily activities
Tasks that were able to be accomplished beforehand may become difficult, and one suffering may not have the capabilities to cope.
Inordinate fears, worries, and anxieties
Having sensationalised feelings towards topics that should not cause a significant amount of stress.
When someone is going through their first severe anxious period it is hard to determine that it is in fact anxiety causing the discomfort. I hope that this can help guide people to realising that anxiety isn’t just a thought disrupted.