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There is a reason we say that mental health disorders, like anxiety, live in the mind, the body, and the spirit. The body runs on the brain. Meaning, our nervous system is what connects every single cell of our body to our brain and vice versa. We don’t think about it because we don’t have to put a ton of effort into tiny little movements like breathing or wiggling our toes. Innumerable little functions are taking place every second as a result of the communication between our brain and our body. For example, when our brain cannot process emotions, like fear, efficiently, it can affect our body. Our fight or flight system might activate and our amygdala, a part of our brain, might signal the production of stress hormones throughout our body. If our body doesn’t respond, that stress gets stored in our muscles. Muscles get tense when we’re stressed. Anxiety is a form of stress and a malfunctioning response to stress. Our body and our mind is completely connected, which means we can look for symptoms of anxiety physically, not just mentally.

Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

LightheadednessDizzinessIrregular heart beatChest constrictionsFeeling short of breathHot flashesSweatingChillsShakingNauseaVomitingAching musclesHeadachesMuscle tensionMuscle crampsChanges in sleepChanges in appetiteChanges in focus and concentration

When anxiety is severe, like in an anxiety attack, the symptoms can resemble that of a heart attack. People can make themselves so extra nervous in their anxiety due to their physical symptoms, that they induce a panic attack or feel as though they are going to pass out.

Coping with the physical symptoms of anxiety is possible. Many people recovering from anxiety find that exercise and movement is helpful to dissipate and manage all the energy anxiety creates. Relaxation techniques stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which helps reverse the symptoms of anxiety. Meditation and mindfulness can also help mitigate the symptoms of anxiety by relaxing the muscles, anchoring the breath, and concentrating the mind.

Everyone has a story of trauma before they come treatment. Everyone leaves with a story of recovery when they leave treatment. The Guest House Ocala is a private treatment center specializing in the treatment of trauma, addictions, and related mental health issues. Your program of care is customized according to your specific experiences and needs. Our luxury amenities provide the highest level of quality care and comfort so you feel safe, supported, and serene. Call us today for information: 1-855-483-7800