Dealing with an anxiety disorder can leave you feeling stressed, exhausted, and overwhelmed. Even though anxiety disorders relate to your mind, you may also experience physical symptoms as a result of battling such a disorder. Sometimes, it can be difficult to link your physical symptoms to whatever you're feeling emotionally. However, being aware of what physical symptoms can occur may allow you to be better tuned to know when you're feeling anxious. This, in turn, can compel you to get help from an anxiety therapist through anxiety counseling. Here are some physical symptoms to watch for.
Obviously, people can sweat for a variety of reasons, but sweating can be especially prevalent when you're dealing with an anxiety disorder. Some people notice what they call "cold sweats," while others may notice that they're sweaty in a variety of areas, including their underarms, back, and face. Sometimes, you may be aware of a pronounced body odor that accompanies the sweating. For people who suffer from panic attacks, profuse sweating can occur before an attack takes place.
You won't likely experience muscle pain immediately upon getting anxious, but it is definitely a symptom that you'll notice later on — and its presence should be an indicator of how anxious you previously were. Anxiety causes muscle pain because when you're stressed, it's easy for your body to get tense. In many cases, you won't even be aware that you're holding your body tense. However, your jaw, neck, shoulders, and other parts of your body can all be tight. If your anxiety is long lasting, you may keep these muscles contracted for an extended period of time, after which they'll be sore. A good way to assess your anxiety can be to book a massage. The therapist may report that your muscles overall seem on the tighter side and may ask whether you've been anxious. This can be another reminder that it's time to see an anxiety therapist.
Anxiety disorders can also cause your body to tremble. The degree to which this issue occurs can vary significantly, depending on your level of anxiety. In the most severe forms, your whole body might be physically shaking, your teeth might be chattering, and you may be unable to get under control for a period of time. In lesser situations, you may notice your jaw or hands shaking a little. Sometimes, your legs and knees will tremble to some degree.