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Understanding and Managing Anxiety Body Symptoms: A Holistic Approach

Medically Reviewed by Chelsey Lahr, PMHNP-BC

Experiencing anxiety is not just about the mind; it can also profoundly affect the body. For individuals struggling with anxiety, the physical manifestations of this condition, known as anxiety body symptoms, can be overwhelming and debilitating. From persistent muscle tension and trembling to rapid heartbeat and gastrointestinal distress, these physical signs of anxiety can impact daily life in profound ways.

Understanding the connection between anxiety and its physical symptoms is crucial for effective management and overall well-being. By recognizing and acknowledging the presence of these bodily manifestations, individuals can take proactive steps towards seeking support and implementing coping strategies to alleviate discomfort and improve quality of life.

Managing anxiety body symptoms involves a holistic approach that addresses both the mental and physical aspects of this condition. By cultivating self-awareness, practicing relaxation techniques, seeking professional guidance, and investing in self-care practices, individuals can empower themselves to navigate the challenges posed by anxiety effectively.

It's essential to remember that you are not alone in experiencing physical anxiety symptoms and that support and resources are available to help you navigate this journey towards a sense of balance and peace with mental and physical health. 

Understanding Anxiety Body Symptoms

Anxiety can manifest not only in your mind but also in your body, leading to various physical symptoms. Understanding these symptoms is crucial in recognizing and addressing anxiety effectively.

Common Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

These symptoms can be distressing and disruptive, impacting daily activities and overall well-being.

Impact on Overall Well-Being

Anxiety body symptoms extend beyond physical discomfort; they can have a profound impact on an individual's mental health, physical health, and quality of life. When left unaddressed, these symptoms can exacerbate anxiety levels, leading to a vicious cycle of increased stress and heightened physical manifestations.

On mental health, anxiety body symptoms can contribute to feelings of unease, restlessness, and an inability to relax, which can affect concentration, mood, and overall emotional well-being. Physical health may also be compromised, with prolonged muscle tension contributing to aches, pains, and headaches.

Moreover, the presence of anxiety body symptoms can impact quality of life by restricting activities, causing avoidance behaviors, and reducing overall enjoyment and engagement in daily life.

Four Possible Causes of Anxiety:

Anxiety can arise from various factors, including imbalances in the body that influence our mental well-being. Understanding possible root causes of anxiety is crucial in managing and seeking treatment for this condition.

1. The Role of Serotonin

Serotonin, often called the "feel-good" neurotransmitter, significantly regulates mood and emotions. Low levels of serotonin can lead to mind symptoms of anxiety that may include intrusive worrying, irritability, catastrophizing, ruminating, overthinking, and insomnia, as well as physical symptoms. Imbalances in serotonin signaling pathways may contribute to the development of anxiety disorders.

2. Gut Microbiome Imbalance

The gut-brain connection is a fascinating link between our digestive system and mental health. Research suggests that an imbalance in the gut microbiome, the community of microorganisms living in our intestines, can impact mood and anxiety levels. 

Dysbiosis in the gut microbiota has been associated with the onset and progression of anxiety disorders. Studies have shown that the gut microbiota influences the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, highlighting the importance of gut health in managing anxiety. Addressing gut microbiome imbalances through dietary modifications and probiotics may play a role in alleviating anxiety symptoms.

3. Hormone Imbalance

Hormones regulate various bodily functions, including mood and stress responses. Imbalances in hormone levels, such as cortisol (the stress hormone) and adrenaline, can contribute to heightened anxiety levels. Hormonal fluctuations, particularly during periods like menopause or thyroid dysfunction, may exacerbate feelings of anxiety.

4. Trauma and Stress

Experiencing traumatic events or chronic stress can have a profound impact on mental health, leading to the potential development of anxiety disorders. Trauma disrupts the brain's stress response system, making individuals more susceptible to anxiety triggers. Managing stress through talk therapy, mindfulness practices, and medications, if necessary, is essential in coping with anxiety stemming from past traumas or ongoing stressors.

Three Strategies for Managing Anxiety Body Symptoms:

Living with anxiety can manifest in various physical symptoms that can be challenging to navigate. To effectively manage anxiety body symptoms, incorporating self-care practices, exploring medication options like SSRI and SNRI, and considering alternative natural treatments can provide relief.

1. Self-Care Practices

Implementing self-care practices is crucial in alleviating anxiety symptoms. Methods such as mindfulness, regular exercise, and breathing techniques can help regulate stress levels and promote a sense of calm. 

Mindfulness involves focusing on the present moment without judgment, while exercise releases endorphins that boost mood. Deep breathing exercises can also reduce anxiety by promoting relaxation. Engaging in these self-care activities can make a significant difference in managing stress.

2. SSRI and SNRI Medications for Anxiety

If medical causes for anxiety have been ruled out, such as thyroid imbalance, in some cases, your psychiatric nurse practitioner may recommend a non-addicting medication to address symptoms. Medication for anxiety should be considered when mind or body symptoms are negatively impacting the quality of life or the ability to function optimally. 

These medications may include a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) such as Zoloft (sertraline), Celexa (citalopram), Prozac (fluoxetine), or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) such as Effexor (venlafaxine) or Pristiq (desvenlafaxine). These medications work by balancing neurotransmitters in the brain to alleviate anxiety. 

It is essential to consult a healthcare professional before starting any medication regimen to ensure effectiveness and monitor potential side effects. Deciding on a specific psychiatric medication is a highly individualized process that should consider an individual's symptoms, medical and family history, and past medication trials. The goal with anxiety medications is to find one that can achieve the best outcomes (reduction in anxiety symptoms) with the least amount of side effects at the lowest effective dose. 

3. Alternative Natural Treatments for Anxiety

Exploring alternative natural treatments can also be beneficial for managing anxiety. Supplements like magnesium, GABA, and L-theanine are known for their calming effects on the body. Magnesium helps regulate neurotransmitters and reduce stress, while GABA promotes relaxation by inhibiting specific brain signals. L-theanine, commonly found in green tea, is known for its anti-anxiety properties. Incorporating these supplements into your daily routine under professional guidance can complement anxiety management efforts.

Benefits of Seeking Help with a Holistic Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Collaborating with a holistic psychiatric nurse practitioner at Intrepid Mental Wellness can offer a well-rounded approach to addressing anxiety. Our healthcare professionals specialize in understanding the interconnected nature of mental and physical health, providing comprehensive care that addresses all aspects of anxiety. By seeking help from a holistic practitioner, individuals can benefit from personalized treatment plans and a supportive environment conducive to healing.

Empowering Change Through Treatment

Seeking treatment for anxiety can be empowering, as it equips individuals with the tools and resources needed to make positive changes in their lives. Treatment options such as therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and stress management skills can empower individuals to take control of their anxiety symptoms. 

By actively participating in treatment, individuals can cultivate resilience, learn coping mechanisms, and gradually overcome the challenges posed by anxiety-body symptoms.

If you or a loved one are struggling with anxiety-body symptoms, reaching out for support is the first step toward holistic healing. 


Anxiety manifests not only in our minds but also in our bodies, leading to various physical symptoms like rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, and headaches. Recognizing and understanding these manifestations is crucial in effectively managing anxiety and improving overall well-being. Seeking professional help can provide valuable tools and support to navigate through these challenges.

It's important to remember that taking proactive steps toward addressing anxiety body symptoms is a robust investment in your mental and physical health. By acknowledging these signs and reaching out for help, individuals can journey towards a more balanced and fulfilling life. Remember, you are not alone in this battle; seeking assistance is a brave and commendable step towards a brighter future.



About Intrepid Mental Wellness: 

Intrepid Mental Wellness is on a mission to help individuals find peace, balance, and optimal mental wellness. Our team of dedicated professionals specializes in providing holistic treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma, insomnia, and ADHD.

We believe in the power of listening to our patients and working together to create personalized treatment plans that prioritize your comfort and well-being. By combining supplements with prescribed medications when necessary, we can address mental health symptoms from a comprehensive perspective.

Whether in-person at our Denver office or through secure televideo sessions from the comfort of your own home, we are committed to providing convenient and effective care for all those seeking support on their journey towards better mental health.

At Intrepid Mental Wellness, we envision a world where everyone can access compassionate and evidence-based mental health care that empowers them to live their best lives.





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