Everyone experiences anxiety in their own way. But what if you have anxiety and don’t even know it? The truth is there are signs of anxiety that can go unnoticed because they’re easy to dismiss and write off. But if the following seven signs of anxiety last for days or even weeks, they might indicate an anxiety disorder.
Chronic digestive problems
Psychological stress can have a big impact on the digestive system, and even lead to constipation and cramping. Of course, these digestive problems can occur with or without anxiety, however anxiety can acerbate these symptoms.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, chronic pain from muscle tension can be linked back to anxiety.
Trouble falling asleep
Anxiety can have a big affect on sleep, too. It can keep you from falling asleep, both when you first go to bed and whenever you woke up in the middle of the night.
Flashbacks of social events might not seem traumatic, but this study found that social anxiety can lead to flashbacks that are actually like those experienced by those with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
Now, must habits are repetitive, but biting nails, picking at your face, tapping your foot or even hair pulling can all be outward signs of an inner experience of anxiety.
Drinking to relax
If alcoholic beverages are your go-to beverage to relax and take the edge off, this could be a sign that you’re dealing with anxiety.
You’re a perfectionist
Wanting to perfect and refine things isn’t a bad thing, in and of itself. However, when you want to appear perfect for others, and also worry about how others see you, this can be a sign of social anxiety, too.