The lesser known symptoms of mild anxiety

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Anxiety

Mild anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone will experience at one time or another. A person may become anxious in response to a perceived threat or problem, such as issues at work, before taking an important test or when dealing with conflict.1

The symptoms experienced by someone with ongoing mild anxiety will vary between individuals, but usually involve recurring thoughts and worry that interferes with daily living. Physical symptoms of mild anxiety may also include sweating, increased heart rate, trembling, an upset stomach or nausea.2

Other symptoms of mild anxiety that may not be as obvious include restlessness, avoidance behaviour and irritability.2
Sleep may also be affected; sleep may be restless and it might be difficult to fall asleep or to stay asleep.3

Although mild anxiety serves a purpose in some situations, such as protecting us from danger and allowing us to react with caution, it can become a problem if symptoms are ongoing or if they’re in response to something that isn’t threatening. It’s important to try to separate real risks from irrational ones, take control of the aspects of your life that you can change, and accept those that you can’t.

You may also benefit from yoga, meditation or general exercise, which are all great outlets for mild anxiety.4 If anxiety becomes so overwhelming that it starts to interfere with your ability to work, maintain relationships and enjoy life, seek the help of a professional, such as your doctor or a therapist.

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Published March 4, 2014
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