Many of anxiety’s symptoms tend to worsen the anxiety itself and hyperhidrosis is no exception. You can imagine how embarrassing it is to be dripping sweat in public during a stressful event. This embarrassment can actually increase your anxiety and consequently worsen your sweating.
There are of course ways in which you can deal with the excessive sweating but until you address the real cause, which is your anxiety, your symptoms will only resurface. The good news is that some of the anxiety management techniques will also be helpful in managing your hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis can be a symptom of a more serious condition like diabetes and for this reason it is important to have your physician informed of it.
Simple changes in your diet can not only help to relieve your anxiety but it will also help to calm down your hyperhidrosis. One of the first things you should do is to cut back on caffeine and alcohol. These two substances can worsen not only your anxiety but also your excessive sweating. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant which can raise your heartbeat as well as your blood pressure. These two side effects of caffeine are in themselves efficient enough to raise your body temperature which will make you sweat more.
During times of stress we have a tendency to reach for comfort food containing lots of refined sugar and fat. The problem with refined sugar is that it lowers the vitamin B contents in your body and the B vitamins are the stress fighting vitamins. During times of stress you need more of it not less and sugar interferes with your body’s ability to absorb vitamin B from food. Cutting back on sugar will therefore help you manage your anxiety which in turn will alleviate your hyperhidrosis.
Some other foods that may induce anxiety and hyperhidrosis are spicy or “hot” food. These types of food can also increase your body’s temperature and make you sweat more which in turn can make you more anxious.
Above are three simple lifestyle changes which can help you to relieve your anxiety and your hyperhidrosis at the same time. For long term benefits however you should seriously consider treating your anxiety so that it may disappear permanently.
Psychotherapy and especially cognitive behavioral therapy has been proven by multiple studies to be efficient in curing anxiety in many people on a permanent basis. The aim is basically to help you change your pattern of thinking so that you can deal with stressful situations in a better way. If you combine this therapy with relaxation exercises such as deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation techniques you will be well on your way to leading a life free from anxiety.
At this stage it is important not to run away from anxiety and to think that it will just go away on its own, it won’t. You can rise to the challenge and join the large group of people who have managed to beat anxiety and lead happy and fulfilled lives.
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