Anxiety Symptoms in Women

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, women are twice more likely to suffer from anxiety compared to men. Some anxiety can be helpful, as it promotes focus and motivation to do the task at hand. However, chronic or severe anxiety can be debilitating, especially if it manifests itself into an anxiety attack. The following are typical anxiety symptoms in women:

Anxious women will feel tired all the time and physically exhausted. Even if they get a good night’s sleep, they may still wake up feeling tired. Often, they will have problems sleeping and in fact many women with anxiety also suffer from insomnia. Most resort to caffeine to help them get through the day, but caffeine will make it harder to sleep at night, trapping them in a vicious cycle. However, anxious women may feel exhausted even if they have no problems sleeping. This is because the anxiety will cause the body to release stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, and this can be draining in the long term.

Another typical symptom of anxiety in women is dizziness and light-headedness. This is due to the possible lack of sleep and also because when women are worried, they tend to take faster, shallow breaths. This kind of breathing does not deliver enough oxygen to the brain, causing the dizziness. If you feel like this, you should concentrate on taking long deep breaths, which will calm you down and fill your lungs with the much needed oxygen.

Women with anxiety will have gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, constipation or stomach burn. Loss of appetite can cause women to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time, which is unhealthy and may cause other problems such as nutrient imbalances. On the other hand, some women will respond to anxiety with overeating, especially comfort foods, and this will cause rapid weight gain which is also unhealthy.

Like men, anxious women sometimes resort to smoking and alcohol to ‘calm them down’ but these practices are counterproductive as they actually increase anxiety levels in the long term. In addition, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking carry other health risks, and therefore you should limit these as much as possible. A great way to deal with anxiety symptoms is to exercise, as it has been shown that exercise has a balancing effect on the body’s hormones and will help to burn off tension.