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The Science Behind Your Body's Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

Because our bodies do weird things when we are anxious.



When we feel anxious, our bodies can experience different sensations and symptoms. It can sometimes feel like we are getting sick. Here is an explanation behind some of what you may experience when your anxiety is elevated:



Tight Muscles


Anxiety causes tension throughout the body, which takes a toll on our muscles. The brain sends signals to different areas of the body. Some may experience tension in the jaw, neck, shoulders, chest, or stomach.




Changes in Breathing

When we are anxious, our breathing can change. Breathing can become shallow as we take in more rapid breaths. Shortness of breath can occur.



Sweating & Dizziness

When our nervous system is activated, the body believes that there is an outside threat. The body pulls blood to the main organs. Shakiness, tingling sensations, and cold hands can occur because of this. Experiencing dizziness or feeling light-headed is common.


Stomach Issues


Nausea, stomach aches, and acid reflux are common physical symptoms of anxiety. Our blood flow becomes disrupted during times of high anxiety. Tension can then build within your stomach muscles and cause pain. The body's digestive system slows down as it focuses on protecting you from the perceived threat.


Changes in Vision

Pupils dilate when the body perceives an outside threat. When we experience high anxiety, adrenaline is produced. This can create pressure on the eyes which can cause blurred vision. Sensitivity to light is commonly experienced.



What does your body experience when you are feeling anxious?