8 Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety is often thought to be a purely mental disorder – a condition where worrying thoughts occupy the mind – but there are a number of physical symptoms associated with anxiety too. Anxiety is caused by our flight or fight response, whereby our body responds to a perceived threat by preparing itself to react to the danger. Unfortunately, people suffering an anxiety disorder experience this response even when no real danger or threat exists. In this case the physical response is redundant and the sufferer is left with physical symptoms that can be very uncomfortable and distressing. The following is a list of common physical symptoms associated with anxiety. If you are suffering from these symptoms you could have an anxiety disorder:

Heart Palpitations

Heart palpitations or a very rapid heart beat is a common physical symptom of anxiety. In extreme cases some sufferers may feel as if they are having a heart attack which leads to further anxiety and can cause a panic attack. The heart beats faster as a response to danger to ready the body to escape or fight out of the danger, but in anxiety sufferers this can be very traumatic and uncomfortable. If you think you may be having a panic attack and your heart is beating very rapidly, then it is important to remember that you are not having a heart attack and that you will be fine. Keeping this in mind will reduce the intensity and duration of the attack and may help to calm you down.


Intense sweating and clammy hands and feet can be another sign of anxiety. Many sufferers of anxiety report that when they are feeling the effects of the condition, they can become very sweaty. If the anxiety persists this can lead to embarrassing sweat patches and body odor which in many cases exacerbates the sufferer’s social unease.

Upset Stomach

Digestive problems and an upset stomach are a common symptom of an anxiety disorder. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a frustrating and embarrassing condition that can often be caused by anxiety. In less serious cases, a general feeling of discomfort in the stomach, lack of appetite, or feeling of nausea are commonly described as anxiety symptoms.


Anxiety can often cause you to feel dizzy of woozy which can be very distressing. It is often due to the associated symptom of hyperventilation. When people are anxious or experiencing a panic attack, they tend to take shorter, sharper breaths (hyperventilate) which can lead to an imbalance of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the blood stream. If you think this may be the cause of your dizziness, understand that the dizziness is not dangerous and concentrate on taking long, deep breaths and the dizziness will subside.

Muscle Tension/Tight or Sore Jaw

Have you ever heard the expression, “They’re carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders”? For anxiety sufferers it can sometimes feel like that both mentally and physically! Muscle tension and soreness, especially in the neck and shoulders, is a common anxiety symptom. In addition, a tight, sore, or clicking jaw can be caused by anxiety. Jaw soreness can be caused by unconscious clenching and grinding of the jaw – sometimes during sleep.


Tension headaches are common among anxiety sufferers and can be related to tightness of the muscles in the neck and scalp. While pain killers can provide temporary relief, the headaches are likely to return due to the continued muscle tension. Overuse of pain killers is also likely to increase the chances of repeat headaches. Try to treat the muscle tension through massage or chiropractics to achieve long-lasting relief. Obviously, by overcoming your anxiety problems, the occurrence of headaches will be reduced.


Insomnia is a very common symptom of anxiety that can be very debilitating. It is often characterized by being kept awake by worrying thoughts. If you are tossing and turning all night and finding very difficult to fall asleep or remain asleep then you may be experiencing insomnia as a result of anxiety. You could try relaxing before going to bed, spend half an hour with the TV off, listening to some soothing music and concentrating on breathing deeply. You could also try drinking chamomile tea or using lavender or over the counter sedative to induce a restful sleep. If you can deal with the insomnia it will help you to overcome the anxiety during the day. If the insomnia continues, a Doctor can prescribe some more powerful sleeping tablets. Long term use of sleeping tablets should be avoided, as their effectiveness in the long-term is reduced.


Fatigue and tiredness can be caused by a disrupted sleeping pattern due to insomnia, but can also be an anxiety symptom in and of itself. While it can be tempting to reach for a coffee or energy drink to help you through the day and beat the effects of fatigue, caffeine can exacerbate your anxiety problems and is best avoided. Instead, try natural energy boosters like staying well hydrated, taking a brisk walk or energizing yoga.

Find relief:

To find lasting relief from these (and other) debilitating symptoms of anxiety, it is essential not to simply treat the symptoms, but the underlying anxiety. I’ve found that the natural methods contained within The Linden Method are an effective way to treat a range of anxiety disorders. Many people – including myself – have achieved relief from anxiety using this method. Get your copy today:


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