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Physical Anxiety Symptoms: What is your body telling you?

Anxiety isn’t only a mental disorder. It also carries physical symptoms that can be upsetting and difficult to manage.

Anxiety also causes physical symptoms.

When you think about a time you felt anxious, maybe you recall your hands getting clammy, your legs shaky, or a raised heart rate.

Physical symptoms of anxiety include: 

  • Stomach pain and nausea
  • Digestive problems 
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Exhaustion 
  • Rapid breathing or breathlessness
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Tremors and shaking
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Sweating
  • Chest Pain

A panic attack is a physical experience. You may feel that you’re going to die or have a heart attack.

Other physical symptoms may include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Choking feeling
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Overheating and sweating
  • Shaking or chills

Anxiety is the body’s response to stress, in which your body provides you with a physical warning to threats and dangers. The fight-or-flight response is what this is also called.

This is how the body responds to danger - you breathe rapidly because your lungs are moving oxygen through your body quickly in order for you to escape if you need to.

Your body is not meant to always be in this state - so when you are feeling the fight-or-flight response constantly, this is a sign of chronic anxiety.

Dealing with anxiety

In many cases, if you are struggling with anxiety, you may find yourself turning to drugs and alcohol to temporarily relieve your symptoms.

However, becoming reliant on drugs or alcohol to escape your symptoms is dangerous because this can lead to addiction.

Residential rehab is the best way to go about dealing with your addiction and anxiety and getting your life back again.

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When to get treatment?

If your symptoms of anxiety are causing trouble to your daily life, and making it hard to complete even the most basic of tasks, then it is best that you seek treatment.

There are many treatment options available to you to help you back on track. 

Therapies like talking therapy, holistic therapy and experiential therapy can be an effective way of dealing with your feelings in a more manageable way.

What are the stages of rehab

When you decide to enter a professional drug or alcohol rehabilitation, you will experience stages that will teach you how to succeed in a clean and sober lifestyle.

Rehabilitation process

When you decide to enter a professional drug or alcohol rehabilitation, you will experience stages that will teach you how to succeed in a clean and sober lifestyle.

There are four stages of alcohol and drug rehabilitation, which aim to teach the sufferer essential skills to cope and deal with everyday life, as well as effective therapies to treat co-occurring issues.

Recovery will be a lifelong process.

Alcohol rehabs are dedicated to your recovery. Not like you see on TV, they work on coping strategies and work with you to identify the co-occurring issues that drive you to drink in the first place.See: NHS vs private.

Stage 1: Treatment Initiation

Reaching out to rehab treatment centre is the first stage to rebuilding your life.

Whether you are forced into rehab or seek the help voluntarily your treatment will begin with a professional program that will outline your entire recovery process.

Within the first few days, or even hours of rehab you may experience second-thoughts about rehab, but this is a natural behaviour for an addict and it is understood.

But beware, this can be the first step in denial. Do not compare your condition to others, there’s a reason why you’re here.

Stage 2: Early Abstinence

Committing to continue your drug or alcohol programme will see you enter the second stage of treatment, which can be the most difficult.

This is because severe alcoholics and users may start to experience physical symptoms and withdrawals.

It will be here that your counsellor will work with you to teach you coping mechanisms on how to deal with these urges that will help you on the road to long-term abstinence.

It will be these tools that will help you throughout your recovery.

Stage 3: Maintaining Abstinence

After being abstinent for 90 days, you will move into this stage. You will now be able to continue your treatment as an outpatient.

The main focus of this stage is to avoid and try to prevent relapse. New coping skills and therapies will be introduced to improve your lifestyle and employment skills.

Stage 4: Advanced Recovery

Once you have been sober for five years, you will have been taught all the skills you need to achieve long-term abstinence.

Not only will remaining sober be easier to manage, but you will have the skills necessary to live a healthier life and become a productive, fully-functioning member of society.

Recovery is more than staying sober, it’s living well.

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