Anxiety disorders are very common, in both adults and children. Many people, however, don’t receive a diagnosis until they’re older, or may develop it later in their lives. Living with anxiety isn’t easy – people suffer different side effects of anxiety in different ways. Environmental factors, such as living conditions and financial difficulties, can also impact anxiety and either increase the risk of developing an anxiety disorder or exacerbate an existing condition. Let’s consider some of the side effects of living with anxiety.
Trouble with sleep
One of the most common side effects of living with anxiety, sleeping problems can affect many aspects of your daily life. People with anxiety may struggle falling asleep even when they are not actively worrying or feeling anxious about something. Insomnia is very common is people who live with anxiety disorders. This can cause tiredness and fatigue, and impact on general performance as well as energy levels. These effects of poor sleep can lead to a whole series of extra problems, physical and mental, including headaches and irritability.
Anxiety disorders can also cause a person to feel generally tired and fatigued, even if they have had enough sleep. This side effect, coupled with a lack of good quality sleep, can drain energy levels in people suffering with anxiety.
Pains and aches
General pains and aches in the body can be due to many different health conditions, so it’s always a good idea to visit your doctor if you are experiencing any unexplained aches. It is one of the side effects for many people living with anxiety, and often comes as a result of tension and stress. It is most commonly felt in the head, neck, shoulders and back, although tensions and pain can occur anywhere in the body. Regular massages, as well as plenty of water, are just two of the steps people can take to help ease this tension.
People living with anxiety often wake up with a feeling of dread of nausea in their stomachs, particularly if there is an upcoming event or appointment they are feeling worried about. In more severe instances, this feeling of sickness can lead to vomiting or digestion problems such as diarrhea.
Feelings of nausea can appear throughout the day or at night too. Triggers of symptoms are often different for each individual. One of the best ways you can manage anxiety is to learn and look out for your triggers.