I Didn’t Know Anxiety Did That to My Body
People are often surprised and dismayed by their anxiety symptoms. Regularly, clients will report to me physical symptoms that are concerning and confusing to them. It is commonplace for people struggling with anxiety to sometimes be unaware of having anxious thoughts until an uncomfortable physical symptom presents itself.
Physical Manifestations of Anxiety to Look For
Physical, or somatic anxiety symptoms can be subtle or scary. Below you will find a list of common symptoms. I have heard descriptions of these plus others.
When Anxious Body Triggers Anxious Mind and Anxious Mind Triggers Anxious Body
Physical anxiety symptoms can be a frustrating cycle in which you may feel one or more of the above symptoms and then experience anxious thoughts. Your mind may run away with these anxious thoughts and then your body may become more physically uncomfortable which spirals into a repetitive cycle. All of this can leave you confused and scared wondering if what you are experiencing is real. Thankfully, there are things that you can do in your everyday life that can help reduce anxious thoughts as well as somatic anxiety. Here are some techniques that could help you cope with the symptoms listed above:
Find a Therapist You Trust to Explore Different Counseling Modalities
Try some of the above techniques, but it’s also a good idea to seek out a mental health professional for further support. There are many different types of therapists and approaches for treating anxiety including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR. CBT helps you identify your thoughts, challenge negative thoughts, and then replace them with more helpful thinking. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), works by weakening the effect of negative thoughts with eye movement. These are just two approaches and there are others for those who struggle with the all too common symptoms physical and otherwise of anxiety.