Anxiety has become of the most talked-about mental illnesses across the world. According to recent statistics, more than 280 million people are targets of the disorder, with a whopping 40 million in the U.S alone. From feeling nervous, excessive stress, sleepless nights, to fear and procrastination, with anxiety, everything seems intensified. If you or a loved one is experiencing anxiety of any sort, the key is to learn more about this disorder and get immediate help from an experienced medical professional. Here are some interesting facts about anxiety you might not know:

  1. Exercise Is Great For Reducing Symptoms of Anxiety

Let’s understand one thing; anxiety is a fight or flight response. Now, if there’s nothing for your body to fight or nothing to flee from, your stress hormones wander aimlessly and build up over time. This triggers all the physical symptoms you might experience, such as nausea, stomach pains, and headaches. Including exercise in your daily routine has proven an effective way to end this fight or flight response. This helps in balancing all the chemicals that result in anxiety. So, make it a point to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. This doesn’t have to be hard-core cardio; even a walk in the park will do the job.

2. Anxiety Makes it Difficult to say No

When anxiety comes the constant need to please people. You might fear their reaction if you say no, or want to steer away from all sorts of disappointment. Saying yes to others around you gives you that feeling of slight control, which helps keep your anxiety levels low. However, it’s important to note that this could result in chronic people-pleasing, which is not a healthy trait to invest in. Try to meet a person midway, instead of listening to their demands.


A woman lying on the bed, feeling anxious.

  1. Anxiety Can Confuse The Sense Of Smell.

Did you know that according to research in the Journal of Neuroscience, people with anxiety tend to label neutral/natural smells as bad smells? The science behind this is that when you become anxious, your emotions get mixed with your olfactory processing system, altering your sense of smell. This is why we recommend seeing a medical professional to help create a customized treatment plan to improve your quality of life.


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Written by

Peter Williams CHt. CHI