8 Surprising Effects Of Anxiety On The Body

Anxiety is a very common mental health issue that so many people struggle with, but a lot of us still don’t fully understand it. We tend to think that anxiety just means worrying about everything. But even though excessive worry is a factor of anxiety, there are so many other effects that you may experience, and some of them are quite unexpected. These are some of the most surprising effects of anxiety that you may not be aware of. 

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Jaw Pain and Toothache 

If you have a lot of pain in your jaw or teeth, you might think that a visit to the dentist is in order. In some cases, you may be right but you should also consider whether it could be down to anxiety. When people are feeling very anxious, it is common for them to clench their jaw and grind their teeth. This may happen in your sleep when you are not aware of it as well. Over time, this can cause damage to the teeth and tightening of the muscles in the jaw. In some cases, people experience headaches as a result. 

Muscle Pain 

It’s not just the muscles in your jaw that suffer as a result of anxiety. It is very common for people with anxiety to tense muscles all over their body. This leads to a lot of tightness and knots, especially in the back, and that can be very painful. It’s a good idea to stretch on a regular basis to release this tension, and consider getting a massage as well to help you loosen your muscles again. 


Tinnitus is a common hearing condition that affects many people and causes a ringing in the ears. There are many causes of tinnitus, like exposure to loud noises or hearing loss issues. However, a lot of people don’t realize that stress and anxiety can make the symptoms of anxiety a lot worse. Usually, you can manage the symptoms of tinnitus relatively well, but if you are very anxious, it will be a lot harder. 


We don’t always associate anger with anxiety, but it is actually quite a common symptom. When people are very anxious and they feel like they are out of control, it is common for them to respond with anger. The feelings that people have are internalized and then they are released in the form of angry outbursts. 

Regular Illness 

If you find that you get sick all of the time, that could be down to your anxiety as well. When you are anxious, your body releases stress hormones and these impact a lot of different processes in the body. The immune system is suppressed by stress hormones, which means that you are a lot more prone to illness if you are anxious. 


When you are suffering from anxiety, you spend a lot of time in your own head with your worries. This means that you cannot pay attention to things properly and you do not have as much brain capacity for memory, so people with anxiety tend to be more forgetful. They often seem very distracted and absent for the same reason, and that can lead to problems with relationships. When your partner feels that you are not listening to them and you are not present when you are spending time together, that can cause a lot of tensions and arguments. 

Digestive Issues 

Your gut health is closely linked to your mental health, and anxiety can cause a lot of digestive issues. It is very common for people with anxiety to feel nauseous and experience issues with constipation and diarrhea. Gut issues can also make your mental health worse, so you get stuck in a bit of a cycle. This is a big problem because your gut health has a big impact on your overall physical health. If you are experiencing digestive issues, you should seek the advice of a doctor to make sure that there are no underlying conditions, but in many cases, it is down to anxiety. 


The stress hormones that your body releases when you are anxious, particularly cortisol, have been known to cause itchy, red rashes on the skin. If you notice a lot of outbreaks and rashes on the skin, there may be another condition that is causing it so you should get it checked by a doctor. However, it could also be caused by your anxiety. 
Anxiety isn’t just about worrying, it can affect you in so many different ways. If you notice any of these symptoms and think that you may be experiencing an anxiety disorder, you can use these tips to give yourself relief from the symptoms.


  • Edna Williams

    Anxiety is not only a burden on the mind but on the body as well. Thanks for sharing this important information!

  • Tamra Phelps

    Boy, I can relate to this. Because of serious illness, I had to spend a lot of time in hospitals and nursing homes this last year, trying to get back on my feet and get home. Those places just breed anxiety and stress. The noise is constant, even at night. At some point, I think I had all of these effects.

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