Anxiety can cause muscle tension, which can wear down on the body overtime. There is a reason we seek out therapeutic treatments and practices which help us stretch out and relax our muscles. Muscles are not supposed to be tense all the time. Massage therapists let us know which areas of our body are too tense as an indicator of what we should pay more attention to. Likely, we tense up specific areas of our body as a response to stress. Muscular stress can be caused by anxiety as stress hormones produced by the fight or flight response coarse through the body.
Stress caused by anxiety can manifest in different ways other than the muscles. For example, the skin. People mistakenly believe that skin conditions are a reflection of diet and hygiene. Sometimes this is true. Other times, acne is a manifestation of unacknowledged or unregulated anxiety. Acne can also be a disorder of its own.
Acne can develop as a result of poor sleep, which is a common symptom of anxiety. Anxiety makes sleeping difficult when it keeps the brain up with ruminating thoughts. If the body is tense for most of the day due to anxiety, it will have a hard time fully releasing in order to fall into a deep, restful sleep. Lacking in sleep weighs on the nerves. If nerves are already pressured by anxiety, a lack of sleep worsens the situation.
When anxiety cannot find anywhere to go or manifest, it can come out through unhealthy behaviors. Anxiety is a leading mental health disorder in the United States, affecting more than 18 million adults a year. Many adults are ill-equipped to handle their anxiety so they turn to self harming behaviors instead. Anxiety is highly co-occurring with alcoholism and drug addiction. People turn to drugs and alcohol to numb their anxiety, help them escape their anxious mind, or create so much extra energy that the anxiety finally has somewhere to go.
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