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10 Subtle Signs Of Anxiety That You Might Not Notice

Sometimes anxiety hits you like a ton of bricks; it’s difficult to ignore. But this isn’t always the case – anxiety can be subtle as well. While this might not seem like that big of a deal (i.e., a ton of bricks is more damaging than a fleeting symptom), even small things add up and impact your health.

So, what are these subtle signs to watch out for? They include:

Changes in weight: Eating too much or too little can be a sign of stress. So can eating certain foods: if you find yourself grabbing a spoon and a jar of mayonnaise, you might have a problem.

Spots: Remember when they told us that acne was just a teenage thing? Ha! While it certainly is more prevalent in adolescence, adults get acne too. And sometimes it’s because of a heightened emotional state. Acne, unfortunately, can lead to scarring and issues with self-esteem: in other words, having the chin of a teenager isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Tingling: The feeling of pins and needles is very common and caused by all sorts of things (carpal tunnel syndrome, for instance). But it can be a sign of anxiety too. If you have this feeling, track it and see if it occurs only during times of stress.

Headaches: Headaches are exceedingly common as well and may have nothing to do with stress or everything to do with it. Tension headaches, like the name implies, come about when your body is experiencing tension. And tension is a sign of stress.

Procrastination: Not only can procrastination be a clue that you have too much on your plate, but it can also lead to your plate growing even heavier. Thus, put your nose to the grindstone and get things done: you can procrastinate tomorrow.

Mood swings: Mood swings are like birth canals – we’ve all been through them. But mood swings with extreme peaks and valleys may be a symptom of something more. Anxiety can make you happy, sad, grumpy, or sleepy (it’s practically the manifestation of all seven dwarves).

Rapid heartrate: Sometimes, a rapid heartrate is good – you want it to pound when you’re pounding the pavement. Yet if your heart races when sitting, it might be anxiety. You shouldn’t feel like you’re running a marathon when you’re watching television.

Sleeplessness: Anxiety may make you tired or it may make you unable to sleep – it’s multi-talented like that! Tossing and turning is often a sign of stress (or of drinking an espresso right before bed).

Sore teeth: If you wake up each morning with teeth that are sore, it’s possible you’re grinding them as you rest – something that’s symptomatic of anxiety. Grinding your teeth can also cause headaches.

Inability to concentrate: Not being able to concentrate is a sign of anxiety. Hence, if you’ve had to read this article five times in order to focus, it’s time to engage in a little self-care.


Hiya, I’m Karen, energy therapist and mind body expert for dynamic and ambitious women who are struggling with anxiety. I help them to get to the root cause of their anxiety so they can take back control other thoughts and be the calm and confident woman they want to be.
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