What Anxiety Can Do to Your Body & How to Calm Your Mind

Posted by on November 10, 2017 in Conscious Living, Meditation, Thrive with 10 Comments
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By Holly Lochinger | Tiny Buddha

“Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen.” ~Shakti Gawain

I woke up screaming—not just any scream, but a blood-curdling sound that could have woken the dead.


My throat was searing with pain, and my pajamas were stuck to me from being so damp. After a minute or two, my heartbeat slowed and I lay back down, still shaking. It wasn’t a nightmare; I couldn’t even remember what I had dreamt.

This behavior sounds weird, but it was not an infrequent episode in our house. The week prior I’d woken up in the bathtub.

My mum would often say, “Do you remember what you did last night?” I would have no recollection whatsoever—unnerving and also frustrating.

I was experiencing what doctors refer to as “night terrors.” As a child it was just the norm—sleep walking and waking up screaming in the middle of the night. It’s only looking back now that I can provide a logical explanation for it.

You see, I had a fairly average upbringing, nothing traumatic about it, except I was always a worrier.

I felt different from other children and liked to keep myself to myself. There I would be in the playground reading a book, while others played. I was a bit of a loner and I got singled out for it. I was also quite plump as well.

The Beginning of My Anxiety

I went through many changes with my parents getting divorced, moving a few times, and both my mother and father remarrying again very quickly, all within a short space of time.

I took it all in my stride and never consciously felt any real stress or tension—or so I thought.

In hindsight, I am well aware that my brain was in constant overdrive and found a way of dealing with the anxiety that I had managed to suppress. This all came bubbling to the surface subconsciously during times of deep sleep.

Although from time to time I still wake up screaming, the sleepwalking has stopped and the night terrors have subsided. What helped? I’ve learned how to calm my mind, and now I no longer have heart palpitations and panic attacks during the night.

The brain is so powerful, and the one major organ in the body that cannot be fully explained. Through my own personal experiences, have discovered ways to work with my brain so I have more control over my thoughts and behavior.

I will elaborate on this, but first I would like to tell you another story to prove just how powerful our minds are.

The Mind/Body Connection

Last year, one of my closest friends began to feel tingling all over her body. It would come and go in waves but was mainly focused on her hands, feet, and back.

I’d known my friend for years, and she always struck me as confident, strong, and ‘together.’

For months she suffered these symptoms and saw several doctors, consultants, and neurologists. She had numerous blood tests and scans, just to be told there was nothing wrong with her.

My friend was at her wits end, constantly on Google and convinced she had a severe neurological condition such as MS. Nobody believed her and everyone (including myself) assumed she was being a hypochondriac.

My friend did not give up. She continued in her pursuit, getting a third, fourth, fifth, and sixth opinion—as many as it would take until someone could give her an accurate diagnosis and actually help her.

Eventually, she found a specialist and neurological consultant in London, who explained that she did have a neurological condition, but it was more of a disorder than a disease.

My friend had an unstable childhood and always felt unloved and unwanted. Having carried around many insecurities for years, and having excessively worried about everything, she had developed a disorder whereby her nervous system was in a constant state of shock, known as the “fight or flight mode.”

She was diagnosed with a psychosomatic illness and then referred to a counsellor.

In laymen’s terms, there had been a severe psychiatric disturbance in my friend’s brain, which had built up over years primarily due to stress and anxiety. With no means to channel or express these feelings, her nerves had become highly sensitized, mimicking symptoms similar to those of MS and Parkinson’s disease.

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  1. 150832248625872@facebook.com' Ricky Salgado Aceves says:

    Very fidgety sometimes paranoic . Anxious over norhing

  2. 150832248625872@facebook.com' Ricky Salgado Aceves says:

    Its sad onlt sedatives help

  3. 1671981806418445@facebook.com' Josie Tony says:

    I have been dealing with anxiety for almost 10 years of my life. I can tell you that it is no walk in the park. But I can also tell you that eventually it does get better with time. You just need to find better ways to deal with it. Yoga and meditation work very well for me. I would highly recommend learning how to meditate because ever since I have started I have never been happier. I have improved my life drastically. I have an overall sense of peace with myself and the world. My stress levels have gone to an all time low and It even helps me with my anxiety and panic
    attacks.

    If you want to learn how to meditate I suggest you read this story.

    http://naturalstories.com/meditation/

  4. 1233468396667645@facebook.com' Benita Spicer says:

    Night terrors for my son was caused by being over tired. Once a better sleep routine was established the night terrors disappeared ?

  5. 10207348218978139@facebook.com' Jayne Kinker Rogers says:

    I’ve had night terrors, always large bugs, my counselor told me something was bothering me and I needed to figure out what it was. I did, dealt with it and no more terrors.

  6. 10153817068868567@facebook.com' Shannon Torres Minnaar says:

    Natalie Minnaar cant believe this!

  7. 10207403073130270@facebook.com' Anita Slade says:

    I had one anxiety attack few months back. I had to go to some activity in which I failed previous time I did It. Ofc, this time It was good but I had to calm myself first and get to some where I can be
    ” cold headed self place “

  8. 1063565703696291@facebook.com' Jeff Andrews says:

    looking for ANOTHER FROG Princess ?

  9. 222535304747359@facebook.com' Denvour Taylor-Paul says:

    Jazmin Karduci Tauyan

  10. 1641564029414886@facebook.com' Juan Trotman says:

    Interesting article thank you!

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