Most people experience anxiety at some point in their life, whether they are male or female, young or old. For some, anxiety is a passing emotion attached to a certain life circumstance or a potentially stressful situation, such as exams, pressures in work, unpaid bills, illness or retirement. For others, anxiety is something they experience on an ongoing basis that can really interfere with the quality of their life.
Regardless, it is well worth knowing the large range of symptoms and how to deal with them for when anxiety does arise. Those symptoms include a fast heartbeat, hyperventilating, rapid breathing or breathlessness, feelings of panic, sweating, excessive worrying, disturbed sleep, tense or sore muscles, headaches, digestive issues, racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, avoidance behaviour and fear of losing control.
Anxiety can very debilitating. It often starts out slowly with only a few symptoms presenting but it gradually builds and builds, taking more and more of a toll on the person and their life. This in itself can cause further anxiety, with thoughts like ‘It is getting worse’, ‘It will never go away’ and ‘Nothing will ever help’ serving to fuel the fire.