Burning skin-it’s a condition that may terrify you. Why, all of a sudden, do you feel burning sensations on your skin? Like many other physical sensations, its roots can be traced back to a common psychological affliction-anxiety.
The sensation of burning skin is just one among many physical afflictions that can be caused by anxiety. Anxiety triggers the ancient “fight or flight” response in humans that causes the adrenal gland to go into overdrive. This massive invasion of adrenaline flowing throughout your body can lead to common anxiety symptoms such as sweaty palms and a racing heart, but it can also lead to lesser known symptoms, such as burning skin.
Fortunately, there are a variety of ways that you can address the root of the problem. To begin with, you need to ensure that your burning skin is truly the result of anxiety and not another health condition. It would be beneficial to talk to your health provider and undergo any necessary tests before progressing with this issue. If your problem is deemed psychological, you can take advantage of the many treatments available. One vital ingredient in your anxiety-conquering formula is a very simple one-breathing. Most people don’t realize how shallowly they breathe on a daily basis. Deep breathing that stems from your diaphragm calms the body in a myriad of ways and is the go-to method of addressing anxiety in the midst of a trigger-inducing situation. To practice deep breathing, begin by taking a deep breath in and counting to five. Hold that breath for five seconds, and slowly release it. Continue doing this until you feel waves of relaxation engulf you. Meditation and yoga have also been proven useful for addressing anxiety. Yoga, in particular, has been shown to affect GABA levels in the brain, the same brain chemicals at pharmaceutical anti-anxiety drugs target.
In addition to these exercises, there are several herbs available that can treat anxiety. Common anti-anxiety herbs include passionflower, Valerian and kava. Aromatherapy is also a technique that many people use to ease anxiety. Chamomile, especially in tea form, is very soothing to the nervous system and ideal to consume after a long, stressful day.
It’s important to remember that soothing the symptoms of anxiety is not always enough. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is specifically designed to address the faulty thinking that so often leads to anxiety. Make sure to find a clinical social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist who is well-versed in this type of therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, unlike other types of therapy, is for a limited time only and has a clear goal in mind. The therapist is there to guide you and give you the tools you need to challenge your own negative thoughts. You’ll learn to think in a more realistic manner and overcome common styles of distorted thinking, such as all-or-nothing thinking, mind reading, fortune telling, overgeneralization, jumping to conclusions and catastrophizing. By performing the aforementioned techniques, your burning skin sensation will dissipate and you’ll be able to resume a normal, healthy life.