Anxiety Tingling

Anxiety Tingling: One symptom we can do without

Anxiety is a hard house guest to live with. Anxiety Tingling being one of her stranger symptoms.

Tingling sensations caused by anxiety can be a particularly frightening symptom, often felt in the hands and feet but tingling and twitching can be experienced all over the body including the face.

For those of us with strong anxiety the need to understand this tingling is evident, yet a search brings back a list of disturbing potential disease including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart failure and more. This inevitably adds to anxiety and causes some serious health scares.

Always check with your doctor if you are experiencing this symptom. But once you get the all clear, even when anxiety is given as a likely cause, many still threat and agonise about this tingling. This is totally understandable but when we consider the level of distress this cycle of anxiety creates, it's clear it's time to take control of anxiety or let anxiety control you. Understanding the physical reasons for the anxiety tingling is a good first step.

Anxiety creates any number of physical and emotional symptoms including;

Physical symptoms

  • Racing heartbeat  
  • Shortness of breath  
  •  Nausea
  •  Chest tightness 
  •  Dry mouth
  •  Pins and needles
  •  Butterflies in stomach   
  • Sweating

Emotional symptoms

  • Inner tension    
  • Agitation  
  •  Tremor
  • Fear of losing control
  • Irritability 
  • Feelings of detachment
  • Dread that something catastrophic is going to happen

But why tingling particularly, there are a number of reasons this unpleasant symptom occurs.

Hyperventilation; Hyperventilation is when your body takes in more oxygen then it needs and expels too much carbon dioxide. For the person hyperventilating, it can feel as though you're not getting enough oxygen, so you start breathing deeper. Unfortunately this only makes the hyperventilation worse. When your carbon dioxide levels are imbalanced, your body experiences a range of problems related to poor blood oxygen levels. One of them is tingling in the hands and feet. When you struggle with anxiety, you become far more prone to hyperventilation. Hyperventilation is known to cause tingling in the hands and feet.

Fight and flightWhen feeling highly anxious our fight and flight response is triggered. This response keeps us alive in a physically dangerous situation by getting us ready to fight a threat or run away from it. It's like, for a moment we have super powers, our senses are heightened and our physical body changes; cortisol and adrenalin charge through our system, our arms, legs shoulders are sent lots of blood to get them ready for action, this can remove blood from less important areas like fingers and toes leaving these areas temporarily tingly. 

Hypersensitivity; Those of us with anxiety are more prone to noticing very small changes in the way we feel, especially when compared to someone without anxiety.  Areas of our bodies tingle all the time, many natural physical sensations and changes occur throughout the day and although disturbing when you notice them, it is not an indication that something is wrong.

Vitamin deficiency;Those of us who suffer from anxiety may also burn away valuable nutrients. For example, those that have severe stress often use up their magnesium reserves. Magnesium (and vitamin B12, and a few other vitamins) plays a role in nerve health, so in some cases maybe  we suffer a lack of nutrition. 

Watch this great you tube video which explains more in detail about anxiety tingling.

So what can we do about anxiety tingling? Some tips and idea below.

Distractions -Take your mind and focus off the the tingling sensation any way you can, meet with friends, talk on the phone, learn to knit, dance around the room to your favourite music. Find ways to control your worrying feelings; Try relaxing with a hypnosis audio from hypnosis 4 smart girls

Supplements - As said above deficiency in vitamins and magnesium may be adding to the problem. Talking to our doctor about the right multivitamin can help.

Breathing Exercises - Learn to breathe correctly, this can not only help the tingling sensation but help with your anxiety in whole, as well as bringing all sorts of physical and emotional health benefits into your life. Its well worth the time you put in. Start now by following along with me in a slow easy breathing thecnique. Find out more about breathing

Breathing is one of the greatest, cheapest and effective ways to cope with feelings of anxiety. We may think its easy but in fact so many of us breath in inefficient way.

Take a moment to follow this hypnotic breathing exercise to encourage an effective form of breathing called diaphramic breathing or Belly breathing.


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