What Anxiety Can Look Like in the Body

woman-looking-anxiousIf we asked 100 different people what anxiety looks and feels like, we would likely get close to 100 different answers. Remember that anxiety is a subjective experience, meaning that each of us may experience it in different ways. The dictionary definition of anxiety includes explanations such as the following:

1. feeling of worry; nervousness or agitation, often about something that is going to happen
2. something that worries somebody; a subject or concern that causes worry
3. strong wish to do something; the strong wish to do something, especially if the wish is unnecessarily or unhealthily strong

From my own past experiences with anxiety, I would feel it in my stomach. The negative thoughts would trigger the chemicals in my body and I would have an upset stomach. It was as if I had eaten some really spicy food and my stomach was reacting. Many people I’ve worked with in therapy have reported some of the same feelings as well as feeling a general uneasiness, as if they could not sit still and they were waiting for something (bad) to happen. This leads to an agitation that can be felt not only in the one’s stomach but throughout the body. There are over 100 symptoms of anxiety, and I want to look at some of them here.

It truly is amazing that anxiety can affect our minds and bodies, sometimes to the point of feeling physically ill. Physical symptoms of anxiety may include changing body temperature, numbness, feeling itchy, chronic fatigue, chest pains, flulike symptoms, hair loss, shooting pains, and more. If you already have medical issues, even minor ones like allergies, know that anxiety can impact allergic reactions as well as heighten any other physical ailments you may be experiencing.

With so many people being referred to therapy from their medical doctors, a constant theme I see is how many people end up at the emergency room with what they believe is a heart attack. Meanwhile, the test results show their heart is fine and anxiety is deemed as the culprit. Whether it is tightness in the chest, a racing heart beat, difficulty breathing, profuse sweating, feeling lightheaded or nauseous, etc., anxiety can mimic a cardiac event.

Along with believing something is wrong with their heart, many people with anxiety complain of feeling trapped and needing to escape.

When people are experiencing anxiety, they may indeed panic. Along with believing something is wrong with their heart, many people complain of feeling trapped and needing to escape. Our heart rate increases as our blood flows more quickly. Certainly this will warm us up as our bodies are flooded with chemicals (hormones like adrenaline and cortisol) and our sympathetic nervous system prepares us for action. The problem is, we may actually be trying to sleep, not getting ready to tackle the day. Imagine trying to relax and sleep while even some of this is going on inside of you.

Night sweats are common with anxiety, as is restlessness. While you are lying there in bed–perhaps kicking your feet or constantly shifting your body position, having dry mouth and needing to drink, or ruminating over all the things you tell yourself you need to do or did not do–it can be extremely difficult to get to sleep. When you are finally able to sleep, many describe nightmares including falling, failing in the activity they are experiencing in the dream, being a bystander instead of being able to act in the dream or control their actions, and so forth. This is not going to result in restful sleep which, in turn, is not going to help your anxiety levels moving forward—a vicious cycle of sorts.

How does anxiety feel to you? Please leave a reply in the comments section below.


  1. Folk, J. & Folk, M. (2015, March). Anxiety symptoms (including anxiety attacks, disorder, and panic signs and symptoms). Retrieved from http://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-symptoms.shtml
  2. Microsoft Encarta College Dictionary. (2001). New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.

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  • alexander


    August 28th, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Funny how the body and the mind remember that you are stressed and upthight even when you are sleeping!
    I have the most terrible time sleeping when I am very anxious about a new project at work or when something in life feels unresolved.
    I don’t like those loose ends or those feelings that I am going to get behind at work and not create something new or successful at work and unfortunately, even though I can sometimes bury that during the day by staying active and busy, at night when I get ready to go to bed all of that catches up with me and the sleep for the night is doomed. :(

  • LuLu


    August 28th, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    don’t know what it looks like but i sure know what it feels like, like a big ball of cement in the middle of my stomach!

  • Grace t

    Grace t

    August 29th, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    When you are experiencing so much anxiety in your life it can affect you in so many ways. High blood pressure, lack of sleep, panic attacks- if you allow this to permeate your life then there will be some physical consequences that you will experience.

  • Stuart Kaplowitz

    Stuart Kaplowitz

    August 29th, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Alexander & LuLu– you hit the nail on the hit here. Please consider trying some of the tools I have discussed in the few previous pieces.

    Grace — so true!
    Stuart A. Kaplowitz, MFT

  • Keith


    August 29th, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    My mom has always been the anxious type- you know, the one who always had to take a “nerve pill” (her words) before levaing the house every day. And when I look at her, I can see just how much it has taken a toll on her outward appearance, so I can only imagine what the damage on the inside has to be. My dad often encouraged her to seek help, that she was a little off by always finding something to worry about, even when it was nothing, but she refused and to this day I still think that that was in large part because she wanted to play the role of the martyr. Always having to put up with all of the kids and the husband, this was her way of having a role in the family, so she chose to go through life a little on the loopy side. Don’t get me wrong I love my mom and I am not trying to pass judgement, it’s just that I think about how much happier her whole life could have been had she taken him up on that offer to get some help so that she did not always have to rely on this medication to mellow her out enough to feel like she could face daily life. I think all of us missed out on a lot because of that.

  • Stuart Kaplowitz

    Stuart Kaplowitz

    August 29th, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Sorry Keith. I can only imagine how that would affect me too.

  • Crystal


    June 5th, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    I need some help in understanding something that happen to me . On April 14…i experience a Sharp dizziness when I went to sleep my ear started heating up,i felt like a something drain from my ear into my throat. Whole body started to heat up…heart racing ,shaking , chills and sweating,frequent urination. I lost my appetite for one week.I did a CT scan it came bk normal ,I did blood test came bk normal,i did thyroid test it came bk normal. I did abdominal and pelvic test I did a cspine and neck x-ray. My ears hurt sometimes and sometimes I feel pressure in them. Am so confuse cause I have feel my body burning sometimes am scared it something dangerous. I have more test to do.

  • Naomi


    December 18th, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    I have the same! Never met anyone else who experienced it too. I have suffered from anorexia for over 20 years as a result. Thankfully I now have support. I hope you can get get this too. Sometimes not feeling alone is the best help there is. Thank you for your comment.

  • matilda


    August 29th, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I hardly if ever fret and get anxious over things.But my mom is the complete opposite.Sometimes it seems like she just needs a reason to start being anxious.To all the people who get anxious,here’s something I always tell her:You are only causing harm to yourself by fretting over something and that is not going to help.Try and solve the issue on hand rather than putting your energy into thinking what can go wrong.

    And now,please dont get anxious about causing harm to yourself,jsut try and get rid of the excessive anxious activity if you have that!

  • Warren


    August 30th, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Anxiety can be horrible.Although I am generally not anxiety prone,the few situations that can get me anxious can do so real bad.I start breathing in a hurried manner and sweat profusely.This in turn increases my heart rate and sometimes I feel like my heart would just pop out of my chest.I do not know how to control this.Even though it happens rarely it is horrifying to say the least.

  • Keith


    August 30th, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Thanks Stuart. I hated to sound so negative about her, but sometimes the kid in you does kind of go back and wonder what might have been had she chosen to seek treatment or had my dad cared a little more and made her do it. I think that at some point though, he just gave up on the hope for change too.

  • Stuart Kaplowitz

    Stuart Kaplowitz

    August 30th, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    well said Matilda!

  • Stuart Kaplowitz

    Stuart Kaplowitz

    August 30th, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Hi Warren — Wow! Please try some of the tools and consider talking with someone about this. That sounds scary to be going through.

    Keith — I appreciate your candor. Sorry to hear that



    August 31st, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    It can look really bad is what it can look like!

    We don’t give enough credit to how something can cause such terrible physical manifestations as well as mental distress when left untreated. We certainly don’t give enough credit to just how damaging all of this can be and how it can take a real physical toll on us.

  • Veronica


    September 10th, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    To me it looks like one huge raging ball of dark destructiveness. Getting bigger and bigger gaining power as it feels you losing control… when I work I get about two to five anxiety attacks through out the day. I cry all day, I don’t think it will ever get better. It starts out a heavy feeling in my chest, then heavy breathing, heart racing. At that point its tolerable. My hands start sweating, shaking, my body starts to heat up. Next goes to filling up with air from the breathing. Makes the stomach hurt and feeling like throwing up. Then finally if it gets bad enough my arms from the elbows down go numb, especially my hands. Sometimes my legs. 95% of the time its a constant battle to keep calm. Some days I just want to die. Its ruining my life, my relationship, and my jobs.

  • Kiki


    September 3rd, 2014 at 7:16 AM


  • jayne d

    jayne d

    January 29th, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    I suffer really badly from anxiety. Had to take time off work. In that time I went to the doctor and was prescribed citalopram. I haven’t looked back since. Absolute life saver. Feel normal again. Panic and irrational thoughts….. Gone. In tough situations I feel the toughness but am able to work through it and there are no lingering, repetitive, destructive, worry ridden thoughts. Does not leave you numb, leaves you normal. Wasnt keen on going on them at the start but they have totally changed my life!

  • Bil


    March 17th, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    ah…. I ve been in a similar position. Helped me a lot readin Quran. I would sugest you to read Bible or Torah in case you are religious.

  • jen


    March 17th, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    I have been there many times.

  • Stuart Kaplowitz

    Stuart Kaplowitz

    September 10th, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Yes cINDY! And I think Veronica just told us how. V, thanks for your willingness to share. Please talk with your doctor and/or therapist about it. This sounds overwhelming and you need that support

  • Jivesh C. Masand

    Jivesh C. Masand

    December 6th, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    It was an Help to me

  • Stuart Kaplowitz

    Stuart Kaplowitz

    December 10th, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    I am glad Jivesh!!

  • Elizabeth


    April 19th, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    It really can be hard to live with. I suffered for many years with anxiety and got through it with natural treatments. I’m so much happier now.

  • Kiki


    September 3rd, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Please please expand on how u helped yourself!!!

    Need any help I can

  • Bil


    March 17th, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Find a hobby , sonething that you can be proud of and interesting. Avoid coffeine , cigarettes , alcohol , especially weed. I get anxiety atacks when im in a backseat of a car or any other closed room which makes me claustrofobic. In case you are religious read any of the three holy books.

  • Stuart Kaplowitz

    Stuart Kaplowitz

    April 20th, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    I am so glad Elizabeth

  • Stuart Kaplowitz

    Stuart Kaplowitz

    June 12th, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Hi Micah! I am sorry you are experiencing this. May I suggest letting your parents know you need to go to the doctor (and even a therapist) now, so you can discuss what you are experiencing with the doc. That person may then be helpful in getting through to parents that they need to be part of the solution.

  • libra gauger

    libra gauger

    December 9th, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Anxiety takes over your thoughts and émotions. Even when you know Its happening. Controlling it is almost impossible. The amount of time it takes to work thru your irrational thoughts. Variés from day to day. Or Even minute to minute. I am Very aware when im experiencing an attack. But to stop it. Nearly impossible the concentraton it takes is all consuming. It takes over and all you can do is ride the wave. And wait for your more rational mind to overcome the irationalthoughts in your head. Sometimes it takes hours and other times i can work through it in a matter of mins. It is debilitating and hard to understand when your watching it happen to a loved one. And or experiencing it first hand. The people you get mad because they dont understand how you became So irrational So quickly. And they miss the person you were. So anger and distrust happens. For all involved.there mad because they remember who you used to be. And your upset at them for not understanding who you’ve become.

  • Jo


    January 29th, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Perfect description of how it is for me.

  • Chris


    January 29th, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    So true. People can be so Hurtful. Anxiety needs to be looked at and Treated like a Disease. I Wish there were a Magic Pill or an easier way to finding the Right Pill to help rather than a guessing game and trial & error. Stay strong. This Too Shall Pass 🙏

  • cath


    March 18th, 2015 at 4:47 AM

    Have felt like this since I was 5 yrs old, struggled all my life till I was given meds by a new doctor . I actually feel normal now which is wonderful .but angry it wasn’t sorted sooner when I was at school,I feel I cud of achieved a lot more instead of self destructing and hating myself due to negative thoughts .alcohol is a major contributor to the feelings of anxiety ,so now choose not to drink only on very special occasions . Stay strong ,by eating well ,not smoking and exercise.

  • ellen


    April 22nd, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Yes! I know how you feel. You desperately don’t want to feel that way but getting into a mind frame to do breathing or using techniques to overcome are nearly impossible in an episide. I always have to take something for the “moods” or I’m a victim of them, sometimes for days. Totally stuck.

  • Jessica R

    Jessica R

    February 14th, 2016 at 5:24 AM

    Perfect description of my life.

  • becky


    December 20th, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    It felt as though you were describing me when I read that article and now the government expect me to work. How is it possible to work with all this going on

  • Jessica


    December 20th, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Try going gluten free. It really helped me feel better.

  • Chris


    January 29th, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Well written. Me to a “T” and then some. Born with it and still going at 46. On Meds for 25 years. I Wish ……..

  • jen


    March 17th, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    I have been suffering with those exact symptoms for years. I worry all the time. I was given pills for my stomach to lower the acidity that causes pain. I can’t sleep. A lot of the time I can control it but there are times it controls me. I have gone to the hospital for chest pains and for a feeling as if there is a huge lump in my throat. Now that I am fully aware of the symptoms, I try to remember this is an overreaction of my body and I take deep breaths and sometimes it helps. I am not on an everyday medication because I dislike the side effects. Xanax is there during the real hard times. There are other symptoms of anxiety that I did not know were symptoms. The more I learn the better I feel with what I’m dealing with.

  • Stuart Kaplowitz

    Stuart Kaplowitz

    March 17th, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Nice additions Bil. Sorry all. Don’t add to the pile with the self-imposed pressure many of us add in. Small steps and be proud of them. Celebrate every gain

  • amy


    March 19th, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    For me anxiety is horrible on a dailt basis. I itch very badly on my hands and feet and I scratch so bad it becomes raw and I get scars from it. I also freak out if I don’t know what’s happening at work if I don’t know where I’m going to be scheduled the next day I can’t rest. I have panic attacks so bad that I almost pass out. I hate this disease its horrible and what’s worse is if u don’t have it you don’t understand so we come off as being big babies. I had a friend tell me oh just get over it I got a look of disbelief when I said I can’t. I’m finally on medicine for it but I can’t tell if its working or not.

  • Stuart


    March 20th, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Amy, this is where a good therapist could be helpful as well, especially in coordinating care with your prescribing physician

  • Chastin


    April 22nd, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    My anxiety is debilitating. Panic attacks, high blood pressure, chest pains and more. It has held me back from a lot of things in my life.

  • Jennifer D

    Jennifer D

    April 22nd, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    I have anxiety too, I email my professors a lot, they don’t get anxiety, they say I need to go see someone to talk through my issues. I can’t afford one. They laugh at me, and I feel as though I’m crazy for having anxiety, depression. I have no friends, no family to talk to..I have to suffer alone.

  • shannon


    April 22nd, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    You’re not alone! I am in the same situation. I feel as though I don’t fit in & I don’t belong an anywhere… I’m always alone…

  • Kay


    April 22nd, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Most colleges and universities offer free or reduced cost counseling to students.

  • gail


    October 15th, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    Find a church you feel at home at I find there are a lot of people in a large church some are counsellors and as you make friends with them they get to know you, you get to know them they will support you, it takes time but its worth the time. Great friends for life. And a great place to get healed.

  • Stuart Kaplowitz

    Stuart Kaplowitz

    April 22nd, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Do not hesitate to find a counselor and get the help you need (and deserve) Chastin.

  • Paula


    April 22nd, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    I’ve been going to therapy for almost 2 years now for PTSD working through trauma. My anxiety has improved a lot, but I still get triggered frequently. I feel short of breath, nauseous, heart sunk in my gut, shaky, heart racing, and hot all over. Many times I feel frozen in fear or feel like running away and hiding. It can be very frustrating for me because it is so unpredictable.

  • ellen


    April 22nd, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    What does anxiety look like? Like hell. Let’s see. I’ve done every traditional and conservative method available (yoga, breathing, baths, CBT therapy, and multiple herbal remedies). I’m on antidepressants, and stimulants to counteract those, and benzos to counteract those. Beta blockers for my tachycardia and singulair to counteract the broncho constriction from those. Tramadol for chronic achiness. Ugh. I struggle with this almost daily and things feel worse instead of better. Sometimes it feels like no way out.

    Any meds that have worked well for you all out there? Mine have mostly pooped out and I’ve tried numerous others. *sigh* anxiety truly sucks.

  • Linda


    April 24th, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    I have anxiety a lot and it feels like my body tingles all over and my heart beats real fast I’m on meds for them they do work but I’m also don’t like to take things I don’t know about meds when my attacks are over I’m very tired and I sleep the rest of the day

  • Lee


    June 8th, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    I know this is going to be super hard to believe, but you can overcome anxiety. I did. I used to get sick all the time before I was put in just about any social situation. I threw up one night and hyperventilated before a move and it wasn’t till I talked to a paramedic that I decided to take control over what was controlling me. He said I will have to learn how to calm myself down. It takes a long time, but start with little things. Sometimes I need to escape, but I make sure to come back. Sometimes I have to throw up, but I keep going afterwards even if I feel weak. It’s amazing what your mind can do to help you.

  • Andrea R.

    Andrea R.

    August 6th, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    What does my anxiety look like? U-G-L-Y! I was in a major accident about 10 years ago-due to a drunk driver. Anyway- I also have PTSD as a result. Sometimes when I’m driving If I see a bad accident, get startled by an ambulance, Or if someone scares me while I’m driving that’s it, I’m in a all out attack mode. My hands start to clench, they get sweaty, hearts racing, shoulders feel prickly, then I feel like someone is pulling my spine from my tummy……then I throw up. Thankfully-it’s gotten better. I’m not who I was before the accident-but I have found a new normal and that is good!

  • shea


    August 6th, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    It’s debilitating. On effexor but it doesn’t work the week prior/of my mensrual cycle. None of the meds I have tried do. During those two weeks I cannot function. I sweat, tremble, can’t answer direct questions, remember anything(both short/long term), I cry and get discouraged at the drop of a hat, stutter, become dyslexic with my words,aggressively pick at scabs, fingernails/cuticals, lose sleep, zone out….the list goes on and on. My hair falls out to the point I have bald spots and I grind my teeth as well. After those two weeks are over, I am a completely different person. My therapist has recommended a hormone specialist to see if I have too much estrogen.hopefully that is it and I can take hormone replacements as I am about to start nursing school and don’t want to lose this fantastic opportunity over something I cannot physically control

  • Lori


    August 6th, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Please look up PMDD. I think you will find it interesting. Pre Menstral Dysphoric Disorder.

  • Jessica R

    Jessica R

    February 14th, 2016 at 5:20 AM

    I have many physical/ emotional symptoms of anxiety including chest pain, increased HR, aphasia, muscle tension (mainly in my back/ neck) which often leads to a migraine and renders me useless, sleeplessness, agitation, and “pains” that can only be described just as that, pains. I have been on so many different medications over the years, they work a little while then they don’t. I only take xanax when I absolutely need it so that I do not develop a dependency for it. Having anxiety is so tiring.

  • Crappy


    August 6th, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Haven’t slept in 3 nights. Upset stomach. Soft BMS. Headache. Neck and Shoukder tension. Restlessness. Sudden urges to cry. Thinking scenarios in my head that don’t actually happen that way. Irritable. Cranky. Attitude.

  • Dee


    August 6th, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    I started using jin shin jyitsu techniques very recently on the recommendation of a friend. This is well worth looking up… very straight-forward finger & toe holding techniques developed in Japan over centuries, using energy un-blocking via meridians. Quickly effective, safe, without side-effects. Very grounding

  • alison


    February 13th, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    For me with anxiety I feel it sitting in my stomach just ready to turn into panic. I have sickness ,even when i cannot eat, cant sit till at all, my mind constantly goes over what I am worrying about I cant sleep, I feel like I cant breathe properly and that I am going to faint( sometimes I do faint) and my body feels too warm. It can last for days, its v.draining.

  • Annesley


    February 14th, 2016 at 5:27 AM

    It’s only recently that I have begun to understand my anxiety. I went through an abusive relationship which nearly broke me. It transpires that this was the catalyst of my anxiety. Therapy has been amazing and my best friend is a little star. My parents try to understand but don’t always get there but at least they try. There is help out there and finally I don’t feel so alone.

  • Stuart Kaplowitz

    Stuart Kaplowitz

    February 14th, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    I am glad Annesley. Nice share. I am sorry Alison. That sounds like a lit to deal with. Please get support through this difficult time. You deserve it. Stuart

  • july


    May 16th, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    In my case, it depends on the situation. I get panick attacks and difficulty breathing and eating. Most of time my mind is stuck on some disturbing thoughts that something bad is going to happen at work or with my family/loved ones. I start crying while walking on the street or crowded places. I can’t rest properly, at the end of the day I’m half dead because i get very tired from working+obsessing about my fears. I get muscles and joints pain every now and then. Basically, i can’t enjoy my own life anymore and it feels like i’m living someone else’s. It’s a constant nightmare i can’t wake up from.

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  • Marie


    May 16th, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    I am 61 and have been dealing with it all my life. Nothing really helps for long. I came from an extremely abusive home, and by the time I hit ninth grade had went to 29 different schools. So I never developed social skills, coping skills and I rarely leave my home. I’ve been in therapy for years but it hasn’t changed. I line with fear and worry everyday. It’s a horrible quality of life. I have arthritis and colitis and I’m sure anxiety is the cause of all my pain.

  • Stuart Kaplowitz

    Stuart Kaplowitz

    May 19th, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    July & Marie,
    This is sad to hear. I am sorry. Please reach out for the support you need. Sometimes, trying something new, even seeing a new clinician, can be the help to get us through. Stuart

  • Stuart Kaplowitz

    Stuart Kaplowitz

    June 15th, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    I am sorry to hear Crystal. Hopefully, the results will be helpful. In the perfect world, your MD would be coordinating with a therapist to best help.

  • Vicky


    September 11th, 2016 at 2:58 AM

    I experience a racing heart beat, extreme fatigue, pounding headache and restlessness. One time I was so badly anxious, I couldn’t sleep for days and my brain stopped functioning normally so that I couldn’t talk, think, even see properly. I had to take two weeks off work. It took that long for my heart rate to calm down enough so I could sleep and rest properly. I took a course of CBT and learned from that experience not to allow my thoughts and fears to repeatedly worry me and become so enormously out of perspective that it ever gets that bad again. I make sure I talk about the things that worry me with someone I trust. I never want to be that scared again.

  • June


    April 28th, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Don’t take meds. Doctors etc, sure they want to help but so much of their “help” is quite toxic and they know it too!! What no one tells you is you have to CHANGE, thats what you need to do to find relief from the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Sure some people need meds, I understand that, but so many people DON’T! I agree you cannot reason with it, and there’s no point in giving anxious people clever ways to think about it – for the most part they need to stop thinking. And thats ongoing for the rest of our lives, try to think less – become aware of being stuck in our head. Getting a hold of ourselves on a constant basis and in a gentle and caring way and developing breathing techniques, which will produce enough of a gap for you to at least pause from all the projecting that is going on. Slowly and surely over time just that will reduce it alot, plus of course practising yoga, meditation and getting some exercise preferably enjoyable will help enormously!! Do not drug yourself, it won’t help, sure occasional paracetomol when needed works a treat while in distress. Get into these things I’ve mentioned and you slowly calm your nervous system down in order to start reasoning with yourself to help you change. Its worth the effort and anyone can do it. Breathe, slow down, take very good care of yourself and keep off the caffeine and heavily reduce sugar intake! :)

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