6:00 am and the alarm sounds, and the moment you wake up you have 50 emails waiting to be read and a to-do list that is long enough to stress anybody. You take a shower, dress up, get in your car, there is a lot of traffic and you rush to not be late. By the time you get to work you are already freaked out and feeling the weight of the world upon your shoulders.
If this resonates with you, you are not alone.
On average, 1 out of 4 Americans lives in chronic stress and anxiety. Although, some stress and anxiety come from tangible sources (bills to pay, due dates, coworkers, meetings, etc.) another part of that whip-cracking chase might come from the least suspected reasons.
Today we will analyze those, plus other weird anxiety facts that will help you trace down its source and process it better.
1.- Anxiety Can Be Genetic: Believe it or not, anxiety can be hereditary. According to a recent , anxiety can be passed through your genes, and via parental modeling. On the mentioned study, the α-endomannosidasegene was found to be associated with panic disorder and social anxiety disorder. Additionally, if one of your parents (or both) tend to suffer from anxiety, there is a big chance that through different conducts they might inadvertently feed anxiety in your household since you were a child, causing you to become anxiety-prone.
2.- Anxiety Requires Physical Space: Although it’s hard to believe, anxiety does require more personal space. According to a , people that suffer from anxiety have a necessity to build a wider personal space bubble. While the average person requires about 20-40cm away from their faces, people with anxiety tend to need at least a space of 60 cm to feel comfortable, otherwise, their stress level rises.
3.- Anxiety Makes You More Judgmental: According to a , patients that suffer from anxiety are prone to read people’s faces faster, but ironically incorrectly. Additionally, it causes you to jump to conclusions and might also lead you to take things more personally than they are.
4.- Anxiety is Physically Painful: Since your body is designed to fight or flight upon stressful situations, anxiety can be physically felt as pain. In the presence of threatening situations, your body is forced to release neurochemicals to help you battle, however, since most of those situations only require cognitive force, those substances build up in the form of muscular tension, and physical pain in your head, shoulders, chest, arms, and sometimes even stomach.
5.-Anxiety Makes Smells Intolerant: According to the , anxious people tend to label neutral smells as nasty and can come up as pickier. The reason for this is that anxiety can affect your olfactory system, thus making you more sensitive and categoric when it comes to smells and odors.
Although anxiety can be traced back to a big number of different odd reasons, the reality is that you actually can train your body to feel less anxious.
Practices like meditation, relaxation and even praying have been proved to reduce anxiety to up to 80%. Additionally, a diet high in greens, and reduced in sugar can be an optimal way to ease your mind.
Remember that a healthy lifestyle includes your thoughts and emotions, and taking care of them is key to developing your best self.
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