When you’re suffering from a fever, it’s only natural to assume that you must be ill in some way. However, you may visit a doctor and discover that there is no underlying illness that causing that fever. What is the mystery behind this? It’s fairly simple, although many people are completely unaware of the culprit. Anxiety may be causing that fever, and this article will explain the relationship between the two, as well as outline effective ways to reduce anxiety in your daily life.
The link between anxiety and a high temperature is rather tenuous, and if you have a very high temperature, chances are you have an illness and it would be wise for you to visit your doctor or the emergency room. Your temperature rises when your body is fighting infections, but a fever that gets too high can have dangerous effects on the body. However, it has been shown that some people, in the midst of a panic attack, have had elevated temperatures that reflect a low-grade fever. Stress can even give you the feeling that you’re suffering from a fever when you’re really not, as it can give you hot flashes, nausea and an overall weak feeling in your body, very similar to the way you feel when your body is fighting off an infection.
Unfortunately, people with anxiety may realize that their feelings worsen when they’re sick, and the only way to deal with this is to address the underlying anxiety. However, it may be helpful to try to make yourself feel a little better before doing this. If you’re feeling feverish, dress in layers so you can adjust to the way your body feels. Try to get plenty of rest and avoid any stressful situations. Whatever you do, don’t panic over your high temperature as this will only worsen your symptoms.
To treat your anxiety, you should start with a solid foundation of effective breathing. Most people breathe far too shallowly, and this can lead to hyperventilation and panic attacks. To breathe effectively, make sure you are breathing from your diaphragm. Take a slow, deep breath in to the count of five, hold it for another five seconds, and then slowly release it. After you get the hang of this, you can add some meditation to the mix. Try to focus your mind on what’s going on in your environment, how your clothes feel against your skin, any sounds you may be hearing, etc. Don’t be upset if you find your thoughts drifting, as this is entirely normal for people who are just starting to meditate. Just shift your thoughts back to where you want them to be. You may only be able to do this for a few minutes at the time, but eventually you’ll become disciplined enough to meditate for much longer periods.
You can also treat your anxiety by overhauling your diet. Try to reduce the amount of caffeine you consume, as it can elevate your heart rate and increase your anxiety. Replace that cup of coffee with a soothing cup of chamomile tea, and consider using herbs such as passionflower and kava kava that have anxiety-reducing benefits. Make sure to eat a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetable and low in fat, and replace refined grains with whole grains. Also, try to get at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day. This can be simple as taking a walk, but remember not to overdo it. Exercise as much as feels comfortable to you, and gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts. Any type of cardiovascular activity, as long as it gets your heart pumping!
“Generalized Anxiety Disorder.” Mayo Clinic. <http://www.mayoclinic.com> 12 Jan 2013.