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Anxiety - What does it do to your body?

Anxiety, or the body’s reaction to stress, is how the body warns you of dangers and prepares you to deal with them. This is known as the fight-or-flight response.

When your body senses a threat, your lungs attempt to pump more oxygen into your body in case you need to flee. This can make you feel as though you’re not getting enough air, which can make you feel even more anxious or panicked.

Your body isn’t designed to be on high alert all of the time. Chronic anxiety can cause the body to be in constant fight-or-flight mode, which can have negative and severe consequences.

A blog post from Anixety United a mental health network.