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    Physical Effects of Anxiety

    Anxiety doesn't just come as a feeling of anxiousness, but can cause you to physically feel different. This article will help you to become aware of physical symptoms of anxiety. Please do note that if you get some of these symptoms, you may not necessarily have anxiety. However, if you are worried, and have a lot of these symptoms then making an appointment to speak with your doctor is recommended.

    Heart Palpitations
    Heart palpitations are extra beats of the heart or the skipping of a beat. It may make you feel like your heart is racing and pounding. It is usually caused by feeling too stressed or anxious. A way to reduce this symptom is to perform relaxing exercises such as yoga.

    Nausea
    This feeling is when you feel as though you are about to vomit. You may no longer have an appetite when feeling such a way. To reduce anxiety nausea try to engage yourself in light exercise such as walking, as well as taking in deep breathes. You should also try to consume the correct foods and drink plenty of water.

    Extreme Fatigue
    An anxiety attack in itself can make one feel very weak as the person may have been drained from the energy needed to cause physical symptoms. Anxiety can also cause you to have sleepless nights. A way to tackle sleepless nights is to purchase lavender spray as it is proven to help one sleep.

    Dizzy and Lightheaded Feelings
    You may notice when your anxiety starts to increase you will start to feel dizzy/light headed. It is advisable to drink some water and perform breathing exercises such as breathing in through the nose and slowly breathing out through the mouth. Also try to take a seat if you are standing up and just take a moment to focus on your breathing.

    Most of these symptoms generally last for about 10 minutes, however they can soon progress into a panic attack which may last up to 30 minutes.

     

    Personal advice to those suffering from anxiety
    I had gone to my local GP as I had noticed symptoms listed above, as well as heavy panic attacks. My symptoms would make me feel prohibited from doing something new and taking a challenge. However, I did not like this sort of control my anxiety had over me. I wanted to face my anxiety and do the things that I knew would be a challenge for my anxiety. That way I learnt how to cope and reduce my symptoms. When I ran for year 10 deputy head (which sadly I didn't get elected for) whilst waiting my turn to introduce myself I began to feel dizzy and extremely nauseous. To control myself I began to reassure myself everything was going to be okay and to just focus on breathing. It helped a lot, and I know it has impacted me in a good way as I was able to defeat my anxiety and not face symptoms when I ran for deputy head girl in year 11. Moral of the story is to not feel restricted by your anxiety, but to find ways to conquer it as it can lead you to good things (in my case, getting elected as a year 11 deputy head girl).

     

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    Fahmida
    Head Girl Team