Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It is part of the “fight or flight” response that each of us has as a means to survive a situation that is not typical. If there is a cause for fear, our emotions tell us to run, hide, or take other defensive actions to protect ourselves. If we continue to feel like that, and there is no threat, your response is called a disorder: an action that is not justified by the outside environment. As a result of that repeat performance, other symptoms can appear, including tingling of the hands.1
You use your hands so frequently that having them seem on the verge of numbness is an awful feeling of loss of control! Not the sort of pleasant “tingle” you feel when a nice-looking person smiles at you. The “tingle” you have been experiencing going on in your hands is a long way away from the joy of being appreciated for having a warm welcoming appearance. The hand tingle is something that needs to be eliminated as soon as possible. When worry, fear, or other “knee jerk” responses continue untreated, the habit becomes harmful to the mental health of the victim. When the negative thoughts replay as a noxious behavior, something has to be done to overcome that scenario.2
It is important to make sure what is causing the tingling to be on the right tract to healing. Make sure that what is going on inside your hands is the result of anxiety. A hand tingling that has been given a great deal of attention in recent years is the result of excessive motor use. That condition is called carpal tunnel syndrome. It is a nerve blockage as a result of the hardening of the tendon in the wrist. Once that option has been determined by a medical professional to not be the event that is taking place in your case. One that is resolved, the appropriate anxiety treatment methods can be started.
De-stressing by vigorous walking is an outstanding way to relieve anxiety and the resulting hand tingling. Getting outdoors in the fresh air and inhaling a lot of oxygen releases endorphins or “feel good” hormones. When you feel better emotionally, that usually affects your hands also. You might try holding onto three-pound weights and swinging them in the air as you walk. That activity will increase the circulation in your hands. Increased circulation is likely to make the stop tingling for the time you are outdoors and possibly all together.3
Diet can make a big difference in anxiety. Be sure to eat a balanced diet that includes a good breakfast, complex carbohydrate, and lots of water. Avoid both alcohol and chemical additives. The more natural the food choices in your diet, the better your efforts will be toward reducing anxiety. When food is processed, the chemicals may have a negative impact on your mental health by altering the chemical balance in your brain. This can be avoided by eating as many chemical-free foods as possible.
Getting tested for food allergies is also a good option to help overcome anxiety. Many allergies to food show up as anxious feelings, itching, tingling, uncontrolled movements, unexplained rashes and the like. Make sure that what you are working to overcome is not a food allergy.
1. Waxer, Peter, 1977. Nonverbal cues for anxiety: An examination of emotional leakage. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol 86(3), Jun 1977, 306-314.
2. Butler, Gillian and Andrew Matthews, 1983. Cognitive Processes in Anxiety. Advances in Behavior Research and Therapy, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp. 51- 62.
3. Deng, Gary and Barrie Cassileth, 2009. Integrative Oncology: Complementary Therapies for Pain, Anxiety, and Mood Disturbance. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Vol. 55, Issue 2, pp 109-116.