The physical effects of anxiety occur as a normal reaction to stress. Symptoms can include heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, ‘butterfly’ sensation in the stomach, or headaches. Physiological aspects such as blood pressure, heart rate and sweating increase whilst the function of the immune system and digestive system are reduced. A person that experiences anxiety may also feel a sense of panic or fear. The lifestyle of today can mean that many people experience stress on a daily basis. Many people go to bed stressed and wake up stressed. Stress can be from personal issues, work issues, or pressures that you out upon yourself. These are the everyday stresses that we can experience.
The foods that we eat, lack of exercise and lack of sleep can make anxiety worse. Ensure that you reduce highly sugary foods and drinks, caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol. Include some form of daily exercise that you enjoy and take steps to improve your sleep. There are a variety of supplements that are available to aid the symptoms of anxiety and help relieve the nervous system.