I have experienced anxiety and depression at various times in my life. Certain situations or events can trigger a panic attack or a time of depression. Before I was first diagnosed with these conditions many years ago, I had no idea what was happening or what to expect from my body.
Through help from doctors, my family, and my own body, I have learned to recognize certain physical symptoms that often occur with my anxiety. Each person is different in their journey with anxiety. What I experience may not be what you or another person experience. We are individuals and our bodies are different.
I am thankful that over the years my husband has learned to recognize certain symptoms or behaviors from my body that indicate anxiety is happening. Often, my husband will recognize these symptoms before I am aware of the situation. He stays calm and is able to alert me and help if needed.
For myself, I am glad to be able to recognize certain physical symptoms and seek treatment or ways to combat the anxiety from going further.
Life can be going great for me and out of nowhere, anxiety sets in. Maybe something has happened or possibly a memory triggered anxiety. Also, there are times when I have no clue why anxiety is visiting my body again.
My husband is usually the first to notice. At one point, he asked me if I realized I was twiddling my thumbs rapidly. I had not realized I was moving my thumbs at all. I learned twiddling my thumbs is a physical symptom of my anxiety.
Another example for me is when I have an unexplained stomach ache. Pain begins and at times makes me want to double over. My doctor shared how the stomach and the brain work together and when one is out of balance, the other can be affected.
One more example is my breathing. When I find myself breathing rapidly and I am sitting still, this lets me know anxiety may be elevating. I am thankful for deep breathing exercises which help calm me and slow my breathing back to normal during anxiety.
These are just a few physical symptoms that let me know anxiety is happening. I’m sure there are others and I will learn to deal with those as they appear.
Remember to contact a medical professional, family member, or friend when you feel anxious. You do not have to deal with the anxiety by yourself.
Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages. Her first book for children, “Licky the Lizard”, was released in 2018. She also has a story in the compilations “Heaven Sightings” and “Remembering Christmas”. She contributes articles and devotions to various magazines and websites. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon, and Stephen Minister. She and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-love, and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”.
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