We live in a society where 40 million Americans deal with anxiety every year. Unfortunately, only 36.9% of anxiety-suffering Americans actually receive treatment. Anxiety has a negative impact on our overall health and can affect us in a variety of ways. If we know just how anxiety affects us we can better tap into ways to receive treatment and find relief. Let’s talk about some specific ways in which anxiety can affect our health.
How Anxiety Affects Health
High blood pressure
When we are stressed, our hearts work much harder to pump even more blood throughout the body. The repeated spikes in our fight-flight response plays a huge role in one experiencing high blood pressure. This can negatively impact the kidneys, interfering with their ability to filter blood.
Anxiety can also affect your gut health and cause gastrointestinal issues and complications. Nausea, burping, and diarrhea are just a few complaints one might have with gastrointestinal issues. Many times these symptoms are a direct result of anxiety.
Staying awake at night can be linked to stress. When one experiences insomnia, for whatever reason, it can be very difficult getting to sleep. This can spiral into all kinds of health problems, such as a weakened immune system and impaired judgment. Unfortunately, the inability to sleep can also lead to a vicious cycle of additional insomnia onset and depression, according to Duke Health.
In Depth Look at an Anxiety-Inducer
One example of an anxiety-inducer is losing a partner or very close friend, which can contribute to feelings of loneliness, confusion and even mourning.
It may take a while to process this kind of loss but as you work your way through the ordeal, remember to give yourself space from the friend who has hurt you to allow yourself ample time to heal and acknowledge your loss so that you can heal faster. Sometimes in order to work through these emotions, we need to sit down with an online therapist and figure things out.
The Online Therapy Solution
Until recently, you could only sit down in your therapist’s office for a session. This, of course, means you have to get up, get dressed, and fight traffic just to sit down and talk for a repeated number of sessions as needed. Thankfully, today therapy has been reinvented and upgraded to match our busy lifestyles.
With Talkspace, an online therapy app, you can receive therapy on-the-go and have it fit into your life remotely. You would get paired with a licensed therapist, hand-picked just for you and available by text, video, or voice calls for only $128 a month.
The app is both convenient and simple to use. Write as much or as little as you need during your therapy sessions and you will always get a response. You can also conveniently switch therapists if you don’t feel you have the best fit. Once you switch you don’t need to worry about starting at square one and rehashing your life story: your information is all available within your previous texts.
In summary, anxiety deeply affects our health, resulting in symptoms such as insomnia, high blood pressure, and gastrointestinal issues. Emotional issues such as losing a close friend can also cause anxiety onset.
Taking advantage of online therapy systems such as Talkspace can be quite helpful in calming anxieties and having someone to walk us through our issues.