I’m stressed out right now.
We hear this often, and we may say it, too. A critical meeting at work coming up, a dip in your bank account, or tension with your significant other can trigger feelings of nervousness. But sometimes this nervousness crosses over to anxiety, and sometimes anxiety crosses over to a full-blown disorder that disrupts your life.
Here are 5 things everyone needs to know about anxiety.
1. Your body knows you’re anxious even if your brain doesn’t.
Sometimes we’re not aware we have anxiety at all. But even if your conscious mind doesn’t recognize it, your body does. Some physical symptoms of anxiety include muscle tension and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If you feel muscle aches and frequently find yourself balling your fists and clenching and unclenching your jaw, or you have stomachaches and you suffer from constipation or diarrhea, these may be signs of anxiety. A psychotherapist who specializes in mind-body work can help you bring your brain and body in sync and uncover what’s causing your anxiety.