Can Anxiety Make You Feel Cold
This is quite an interesting question to answer. However, when you’re in the middle of a panic attack or an episode of anxiety, this is very uncomfortable, to say the least.
But is it so that anxiety can make you feel cold? The short answer is yes. The nervous system responds to a high amount of stress hormones, which makes your breathing and heart rhythm faster. The fact is you’ll get a higher body temperature, which it needs to cool down. The cold sweat is a way of cooling down the body.
Why you don’t have to worry if your body feels cold
As I explained above this is just a natural thing to do for your body. The bigger problem is when you don’t know this is a normal reaction and you get anxious about the cold. Often you can get into an anxiety loophole where you seemingly can’t get out.
What’s going to happen to me. Am I going to die? No, of course not. It means your body works perfectly fine. So, when you feel a cold the next time, think about it in a positive and healthy way. It will lower the anxiety if you persist in keeping it positive, which you can.
If it’s really persisting and you don’t trust it, then yes, it’s better to call a doctor. hopefully, this is a comforting message for you.
For some people, they want to know how the process exactly goes before they calm down. So, let’s explore the question if anxiety can make you feel cold a little further.
The process of anxiety and the flight or fight response
A lot of you probably know or heard about the flight or fight response, but how does this actually works in relation to the cold you feel in or up your body?
First, you have anxious thoughts or an already existing emotional field that triggers anxious thoughts. Often they go in a cycle that reinforces this circle. Since this is a reinforcing circle, you get more fearful thoughts, and the emotional field gets denser and denser.
When this happens, the body shoots neuropeptides into the bloodstream. This is a signal for the adrenals to pump out adrenaline and cortisol. This in its turn will put the nervous system into a flight or fight response.
Normally, when you’re in your normal state, the body will run off the water through your kidneys. But when you’re in your flight or fight response, the body intelligent flow off the water and fluids through the skin. Why? Because when you’re in danger and you need to flee, you can’t make a pit stop and easily do your thing.
It’s a very intelligent reaction from your body. After your body makes this choice, it also makes the choice to run off the water and fluids through your skin. This is when sweating occurs. Again don’t be afraid. It’s a normal reaction.
The process of why your body is getting cold
When the fight or flight response is activated, your heart rate will go faster, just as your respiration. This is also a normal response to make the right decision or action when you’re in (perceived) danger. After the heart rate and your respiration go up, the body shoots blood to all the necessary organs that can help you the best when you’re in danger.
For example, when you’re in the flight or fight reaction, the adrenaline, and cortisol, make you more clear and focussed when you’re in battle or any other kind of danger. As such the body gives more blood to the organs that need to help fight the danger and less blood to the organs that can’t help.
As a result of this fast pumping of the blood into the different blood vessels and organs, it will heat up the body. As I mentioned before the body will cool this down with water and fluids and run this off through the skin.
Now, the thing is, the sweat is essentially warm, but when you’re crippled by anxiety and in the flight or fight response, your feeling senses are much more sensitive. That’s why the warm sweat can feel like a cold sweat. Just as a warm breeze at that moment can feel like a cold breeze.
Conclusion about if anxiety can make you feel cold
The answer is Yes. But you shouldn’t worry too much. As we discussed earlier, it’s a normal reaction from your nervous system to combat the high heat generated by the body in the flight or fight response. Now you know what it is, so you don’t have to think about it all the time.
Watch out for the anxiety loophole. Don’t follow every anxious thought that you might have about the physical reactions. It’s very normal. If you do think this is going too far in terms of symptoms, just call a doctor and let them check you. If it’s a mild anxiety attack, call your best friend and explain how you feel.
If you don’t have anybody to talk to, much of the time that’s a wrong perceived feeling. I experienced that myself when I needed to talk about my grief about a break-up.
I felt alone and not many people talk to me. I eventually talked myself into finding ”so-called” friends from Facebook. 5 minutes later I was talking on the phone with somebody that was glad to help and felt better immediately.
You would be surprised how helpful people can be when you most need it. So, don’t hide!
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