Coping with anxiety and cold feet

Coping with anxiety and cold feet

Have you been experiencing cold feet? Believe it or not, cold feet is often a symptom of anxiety. Cold feet is very often the result of bad circulation, and yes, it can be caused by anxiety. The most you can do to treat cold feet is to warm them up. To get to the heart of the problem, you’re going to have to address your anxiety. Fortunately, there are multitudes of ways that you can treat your anxiety on your own, naturally and without the help of pharmaceutical drugs.

 If you’re like most anxiety sufferers, you’ve been dealing with this for a long, long time. There is a strong genetic component to anxiety, which means if your mom and dad have it, you may, too. All too often we learn negative way of dealing with daily stressors from our families, and if they never learn how to effectively manage anxiety, their struggles are passed down to us. However, you can nip this problem in the bud, not only for yourself, but for future generations in your family.

To immediately address anxiety-provoking situations, you must learn how to breathe properly. This is a skill that many people, including those who don’t struggle with anxiety, fail to employ in their daily lives. Begin by breathing deeply for five seconds, holding your breath for five seconds, and slowly releasing. Continue doing this until you begin to feel waves of relaxation pervade your body. You should make a daily habit out of this to get the utmost benefit, rather than waiting until the anxiety strikes you. Although you’ve been breathing your whole life, practice definitely makes perfect when it comes to breathing the correct way.

Another great technique for dealing with anxiety is progressive muscle relaxation. You can do this by relaxing and focusing on the particular muscles in an area of your body. Many people choose to start at their feet and work up to their head, but there are many ways you can do this. Focus on the muscles, tense them for a few seconds and release, concentrating on the difference between the tension and the release, and meditate on the feeling of relaxation you’re experiencing. Continue doing this until you’ve worked your way up your body. Don’t forget- it’s important to employ the deep breathing you just learned while you’re doing this.

It’s not only important to address the physical symptoms of anxiety, but also the troubling thoughts that are causing you to feel anxious in the first place. You can do this with the assistance of a skilled cognitive-behavioral therapist. Be sure to find a therapist who specifically states that cognitive-behavioral therapy is a part of his or her skill set, because it is superior for addressing anxiety issues to other forms of therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy will literally “re-wire” your brain by eradicating cognitive distortions that lead to anxiety and teach you think in more realistic ways. It’s a skill that will take a lot of practice to hone, but it is well-worth it.

References:

“Coping With Anxiety.” Jeanie Lerch Davis. <http://www.webmd.com> 9 Nov 2012.

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