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Sweaty palms, palpitations, difficulty speaking or sleeping and restlessness—all can be the usual signs of nervousness that we encounter almost every day. But what happens when the seemingly harmless nervousness threatens to rattle your daily routine, making it more and more difficult to carry on with your daily life, hampering your daily activities?

While you may not believe it, chances are that you are suffering from an anxiety disorder. Here are a few signs that will tell you when it’s the right time visit a doctor to help you manage your symptoms better.

1. Sleeping Difficulties
Whether you are losing sleep over a specific reason or seem to have trouble on a regular basis in falling or staying asleep, it could be a sign of anxiety disorder. Also, if you wake up not feeling fresh and rested and instead feel jumpy and anxious, it can be another telltale symptom. [1]

How To Overcome It: Practice relaxing techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or even yoga. Controlled breathing is another effective exercise that offers relief. Yogi Cameron shows you how to do it the right way.

2. Worrying Constantly
Worrying on a regular basis, even when you know it will not help, to the extent that it triggers other symptoms such as lack of concentration, irritability and fatigue, can be a sign of an anxiety disorder. [2]

How To Overcome It: Regular exercise can help you relax and be positive, as well as reduce fatigue and divert your mind.

3. Tension In Your Muscles
Anxiety disorder often causes a type of discomfort and tightness in your muscles, especially around the jaw. You may be regularly flexing your muscles, loosening and tightening them, without even realizing it. [3]

How To Overcome It: Exercise every day to relax your muscles and alleviate stress.

4. Digestive Troubles
Anxiety often starts as a psychological condition but can also cause severe physical symptoms such as severe digestive disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion. [4]

How To Overcome It: Have smaller meals through the day and avoid staying hungry for too long, even if you do not feel like eating. Staying hungry will cause a dip in your blood sugar levels, making you more anxious.

5. Panic Attacks
A panic attack can leave you helpless and lead to various physical symptoms such as sweating, sudden increase in heartbeat, difficulty in breathing, cold palms, pain in the chest and stomach, as well as change in body temperature. [5]

How To Overcome It: Cut down on smoking and reduce your alcohol intake as it may worsen your anxiety levels.

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References:

1. Sleep and anxiety disorders. Staner, Luc. “Sleep and Anxiety Disorders.” Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience 5.3 (2003): 249–258. Print. (Accessed 13 Oct 2015)

2. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): When worry gets out of control. Site  http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad/index.shtml (Accessed 13 Oct 2015)

3.Symptoms of anxiety and tension and the accompanying physiological changes in the muscular system. Site http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC503186/pdf/jnnpsyc00299-0054.pdf (Accessed 13 Oct 2015)

4. The effect of life stress on symptoms of heartburn. 1: Naliboff BD, Mayer M, Fass R, Fitzgerald LZ, Chang L, Bolus R, Mayer EA. The effect of life stress on symptoms of heartburn. Psychosom Med. 2004 May-Jun;66(3):426-34. PubMed PMID: 15184707. (Accessed 13 Oct 2015)

5. Panic disorder: when fear overwhelms. Site http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/panic-disorder-when-fear-overwhelms/index.shtml (Accessed 13 Oct 2015)