Often the initial symptoms of anxiety go unnoticed because they are subtle and even, for the layman, may seem to have nothing to do with this condition. Neuroscience has detected that these signals appear early and constitute a warning voice to understand what is happening.
Once anxiety has set in, the feelings that can predominate are uncertainty, diffuse fear and a sort of inner chasm. Physical, psychological, cognitive and emotional symptoms converge into anxiety. It is therefore a complex condition, which does not disappear easily.
As for all these problems, the faster they are detected, the faster they can be treated and the better the chances of overcoming them. That's why it's important to pay attention to the first symptoms of anxiety. Here are five of them.
"Threats to our self-esteem or self-image often cause much more anxiety than threats to our physical integrity."
1. Cold feet, one of the first symptoms of anxiety
The temperature of the feet can be a clue to our emotional state. One of the first symptoms of anxiety can be cold feet, recurrent and without any physiological reason, to put it in a superficial way. But is this benign condition correlated with a psychological state of anxiety?
It happens that when a human being feels threatened, his blood flow increases towards the organs of the torso. Basically, to protect the heart and the digestive system. It's a way of reacting to danger. When this happens, the extremities, especially the feet, become less irrigated. That's why the temperature drops.
2. Repeated yawning
Another initial symptom of anxiety is yawning more frequently than usual. A study from the University of Bournemouth (England) confirms this. According to this research, people with anxiety, fear or panic tend to yawn more often.
The study found that there is a direct relationship between the number of yawns and the production of cortisol, the stress hormone. The more we gag, the more our body contains cortisol. This is because cortisol increases body temperature. Yawning, on the other hand, helps to lower the temperature.
3. A mental fog
Mental fog is a condition that makes concentration difficult. It is experienced as a certain sense of unreality. The sufferer feels unable to connect with the present moment and thought can not be easily formed.
This mental fog can be one of the first symptoms of anxiety. There are so many ideas in your mind that a kind of veil is formed in your thought. That's why it's so hard to focus your attention.
4. Recurring nightmares
We have all had a nightmare once in our life. This phenomenon, associated with sleep, can be related to situations that we have experienced, which have deeply impressed us and that we have not yet completely digested. However, when it becomes recurrent, it may be a manifestation of latent anxiety.
Dreams, and especially nightmares, can be a manifestation of our unconscious. Perhaps they are talking about situations that we do not have in our consciousness, but that revolve around our lives. Thus, nightmares can be an unequivocal sign of nascent anxiety.
5. A metallic taste in the mouth
An anxiety study was conducted at the University of Bristol (UK). It has been found that Anxious people tend to have an increased perception of salty and bitter flavors. It has also been established that one of the first symptoms of anxiety is an uncomfortable metallic taste in the mouth.
This is because anxiety is a potentially strong emotion that stimulates the growth of oral bacteria in some people. This, in turn, leads to bleeding gums. However, it can be very light and is therefore often not visible to the naked eye. What you feel is the metallic taste of the blood in your mouth.
Anxiety, like other psychological conditions, is reflected in patterns of behavior. Without realizing it, we learn these patterns and begin to repeat them. In other words, we learn these anxious behaviors and we adopt them. When that happens, getting out of the circle is a challenge that gets complicated.
That is why it is very important to maintain an attitude of self-observation. Detect changes, new symptoms, discomfort or small problems, no matter how insignificant. If we can identify anxiety in the early stages of the event, we will be in a more comfortable position to face it.