Although a problem for many people, anxiety isn't always easy to spot, so I want to share 7 telling signs of anxiety with you. People can experience being anxious for many reasons and there are a number of signs to look out for so you are able to seek help or look into why you may be feeling that way as soon as possible. Here are 7 signs of anxiety.
1. Loss of Concentration
If you find yourself starting a number of tasks throughout your day, but never really finish any of them, or are easily distracted and find it hard to stay focused on the task at hand, then you may be experiencing a loss of concentration. That can often be one of the signs of anxiety.
2. Lack of or Oversleeping
Our sleep patterns say a lot about our emotional, mental and physical health. If you are struggling to fall asleep at night or find it impossible to get out of bed in the morning, then you may be suffering from anxiety. Pay attention to what it is keeping you awake, is your mind running on overdrive? What are you thinking about?
3. Lack of or Increased Appetite
It is the everyday things that tell us the most about how we are doing. As with your sleeping pattern, your diet and eating patterns are good indicators for how you are feeling. Both an increase in appetite and a loss in appetite are signs of anxiety. When we are unable to tell something is wrong, our body will soon let us know in other ways.
4. Over-analyze Everything
Anxiety, among many other things, is an over thinking/over-analyzing of everyday situations and experiences. If you find yourself immediately jumping to negative conclusions or stressing over and over again about something you said to someone two weeks ago, then you may be experiencing anxiety.
5. Pounding Heart
Physically, anxiety can have wide range of effects on people. Some people will experience a full blown panic attack and others will simply get sweaty hands or a headache. An increased heart rate can be a sign that you are feeling anxious, as can shortness of breath, dizziness, frequent urination or diarrhea.
6. Blanking out
It is often you hear someone remark that they have forgotten what they were going to say or were doing. However, if you are finding that your mind is going blank regularly, then you could be experiencing anxiety. If on a daily basis you find yourself drawing blanks, then there may be more to it than simple forgetfulness.
Anxiety can make us stressed and on edge, leaving us feeling extremely irritable and short fused. If situations that would have not bothered you before now send you round the bend, it could be something more serious than just as case of the grumps. Are you flipping out more than usual? If you are, perhaps there’s more going on for you than you think.
People suffer from anxiety for all different types of reasons. Whether it is an isolated event or an ongoing experience, there are many avenues to explore in terms of getting help. The important thing is to be able to recognize when you are experiencing anxiety and to know that millions of people suffer from it on a daily basis; you are not going crazy and there is help out there. Can anyone else share any sure signs of anxiety or perhaps tips for dealing with it?