6 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Experience Anxiety
Everyone has experienced stress at some point but what is stress exactly what happens to your body when anxiety overtakes you and what does stress do to your veins.
Here are six things that happen to your body when you experience anxiety.
But first what is stress stress is commonly defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension that people experience when there are negative or emotionally and physically draining circumstances anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome most people experience stress and anxiety at some point in their lives depending on the level of severity they can detrimentally impact one’s quality of life although stress and anxiety share many of the same emotional and physical symptoms uneasiness tension headaches high blood pressure and loss of sleep they have very different origins you usually know what causes your stress whereas for anxiety it can come out of the blue now onto our list.
No pun intended you’ve probably heard of the fight-or-flight response and stress and anxiety tend to activate this fight-or-flight feeling this is related to your sympathetic nervous system SNS and parasympathetic nervous system pns the main difference between these is that the p-n system takes care of the resting functions such as lowering your heartbeat at rest the essent system controls the active state and the functions that are a part of it when stressed or anxious your sympathetic nervous system becomes more active sometimes even overactive.
And that can be pretty bad most digestive processes take place during a calm or resting state so naturally, the two systems have different effects during stress when stress and anxiety get you into an active state the digestion process is suppressed.
3.unwanted or unhealthy weight loss
Because prolonged stress and anxiety decrease your digestion your appetite is likely to suffer too you might not feel as hungry as usual because of the stress or just not mentally in the mood to eat.
4. sleep problems and exhaustion
When your mind and body are going 100 miles per hour because of the anxiety it sounds quite logical that your sleep will be affected too your body won’t properly go back to its resting state in the 2007 stress and anxiety disorders survey researchers found that around 7 out of 10 adults with anxiety experience sleeping problems lack sleep can also increase the effects you are already experiencing from the stress and anxiety.
apart from difficulty relaxing mentally stress can also make it harder to relax your muscles the constant tension can result in muscle aches that can last from anywhere from a few minutes to days.
6.wear and tear on your veins
Stress and anxiety cause your blood pressure to rise and over a long period of time this can wear down your veins more than average it could possibly slightly increase your chances of cardiovascular disease it’s unclear by how much this chance would increase and naturally it is neither a guarantee nor does it occur in everyone who has long term stress.
all things considered, it’s interesting to see how some things like stress and anxiety can have effects beyond the mental ones. what others do you know or have experienced let us know in the comments below.