15 Telltale Signs You’re Experiencing Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal part of life. Everyone, regardless of how well off they are, experiences anxiety at some point in their life. Anxiety is a mental health disorder that is characterized as any type of worry or feeling of anxiety that interferes with the normal activities of daily life. People who have anxiety often suffer in silence much longer than they have to, and are afraid to seek help for something that they think they should just be able to talk themselves out of. This article is here to show you a few telltale signs that you may be suffering from anxiety, and encourage you that these feelings are normal, and you are not alone.

1. Your heart seems like it’s pounding out of your chest

One of the first signs of anxiety is often a rapid heartbeat, and the feeling as if you’ve run a marathon even if you just got out of bed. A rapid heartbeat, as long as the heartbeat is steady and not arrhythmic, is completely normal. It’s just your body being shocked into fight or flight mode, which is what happens when we experience a situation that our body believes is critical. Simply taking a few deep breaths will help steady your heart.

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2. You’re not hungry

Another sign that your body is entering fight or flight mode is a lack of appetite. A lot of people don’t understand this symptom of anxiety, but it makes perfect sense. If your body believes that it’s under attack, the last thing it will want you to do in that moment is stop and leisurely eat some food. After all, you’ve got things to run away from! By keeping hydrated and maintaining a steady intake of calories even if you don’t feel hungry, you can help convince your body that things are A-OK.

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3. You’re lightheaded or dizzy

Having a fast heartbeat will often cause people to start breathing faster, which only leads to hyperventilation if it continues for any length of time. Next time you start feeling lightheaded or dizzy, sit down and force yourself to take a few deep breaths. Breathing slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth will help regulate your breathing. You won’t solve any of your problems if you pass out.

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