Lightheadedness. Hyperventilation. Muscle tension. These are all common symptoms associated with anxiety, but did you know that feeling hot is also a symptom? Indeed it is, as an anxiety attack can make you feel as if you’re running a high fever for no apparent reason. This article will outline the relationship between feeling hot and feeling anxious, and provide you with some valuable tips for solving both problems.
Hot flashes are typically associated with menopausal women, and many women may even be fooled into believing that having hot flashes means the onset of menopause. However, it could also means that she is suffering from too much anxiety in her life. Hot flashes are a nasty side effect of the body’s “fight or flight” response, and when this response kicks in; it sends adrenaline surging throughout the body. This was a very useful response when humans lived in hunter-gatherer societies and needed to be constantly vigilant in looking out for predators, but in our modern world it can be quite a burden. In addition to overloading your body with adrenaline, your blood vessels will also constrict in certain areas in order to get the optimal blood flow to the areas of the body where it is most needed. When this happens, your body will begin to heat up in preparation for the fast and rigorous activity it thinks it will engage in. The only way to permanently cure you of this condition is to address the underlying anxiety that’s causing it. However, this will take time, and there are steps that you can take to alleviate your hot flashes until you reach your ultimate goal. Try to adapt to your hot flashes by wearing layered clothing that can be easily removed, and cool down your home if necessary. Try to get a good night’s sleep every night, and create a relaxing environment in your room that’s free of clutter. Your bed should be a welcome escape from the stresses of everyday life, so try to make it as relaxing as possible. Keep a diary and record your anxious thoughts that lead to the hot flashes. When experiencing a hot flash, try to remove yourself from any stress-provoking situations, and find a quiet, calm place.
Now it’s time to treat your anxiety. There are a variety of herbal supplements at your disposal, and chamomile tea can do wonders to help alleviate anxiety. You can also obtain anti-anxiety medication from your doctor, but they should only be used as a last resort. Anti-anxiety pills are infamous for their side effects, and they’re very addictive. However, in certain cases they may be necessary, and that is for you and your doctor to decide.
Therapy is an important component to your anxiety-reducing program, and the best type of therapy for anxiety is called cognitive-behavioral therapy. When looking for a therapist, it’s important to find someone who is specifically skilled in this type of therapy, as it much more helpful for anxiety than other types of therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy will teach you to address common distortions in your thinking that lead to anxiety, and show you how to think in a more realistic manner. Most of us don’t realize how negative and unrealistic our thinking is, and it helps to take a step back to monitor and truly examine our thoughts.
Finally, it’s important for people who suffer from anxiety to get lots of exercise. The endorphins released in the brain after a good cardiovascular workout is nature’s drug that fights against anxiety and drugs. You don’t have to engage in a strenuous workout to achieve these effects. All you have to do is get your heart rate for at least 30 minutes, five to six times a week. By following the aforementioned strategies, you’ll soon find your world to be a much cooler place.
Kraft, Sheryl. “Menopause and Anxiety: What’s The Connection?” <http://www.healthwomen.com> 19 Jan 2012.