Can Being Cold Cause Anxiety
You’re probably anxious and cold at the same time and you’re wondering if being cold causes anxiety? let me say; good question to ask. So, let me answer your question.
The short answer is Yes. Due to sweating, reduced circulation of the blood flow, anxiety that causes chills, and a sensitivity to cold, you can experience cold in and around the body caused by anxiety.
Most people that experience sudden cold in or around their body when having anxiety, can get in a loophole of fear. This happens mostly because they don’t know the reason why they are so cold and assume it’s something dangerous.
That’s why it’s important to explain how and why you can experience cold in and around the body, to break the anxiety loophole.
That’s what I’m going to explain in this article to get you out of that fearsome state of mind. You’re ok with that? Alright, let’s continue with the article.
Why sweating can give you a cold sensation
When you experience anxiety, your body will shoot neuropeptides in your bloodstream. These neuropeptides are amino acids that communicate between the mind (brain) and the different parts of the body. When a neuropeptide has found a receptor in the body, it will connect to it and transfers the message from the brain.
Often when this connection is made a physiological reaction is generated. Some of these reactions are emotions, but some are new biochemical reactions. When you experience anxiety or fear the neuropeptides will find receptors around and in the adrenal glands.
At their turn, the adrenal glands will pump out cortisol and adrenaline, signaling to the brain, that the body and mind need to be in the fight or flight response. Of course, you know about this. This is what you often experience when you have an anxiety attack for example.
But what does it have to do with cold and sweating?
Let me explain. When the fight or flight response is activated, the release of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol ensures that your heart rate and respiration will go up. This reaction is to ensure you’re in the best state of mind to flee from the danger or fight the danger.
But this reaction also creates a lot of heat in the body. So the body intelligently cools the body down by running off excisive water throughout the skin. Although, this is warm water or sweat. It can feel cold, because of the enlarged sensitivity your body is in due to the fight or flight reaction your in.
So, the sweat isn’t cold, but it feels cold. So now you know how you get cold sweat. Now, let’s go to what blood circulation has got anything to do with you feeling cold.
Feeling cold due to anxiety and poor circulation of blood flow
Let me begin by first saying that poor circulation of blood flow due to anxiety is not dangerous. However, it can feel like you’re in danger. Don’t let your thoughts fool you into thinking that you are.
Take a warm bath to increase circulation and if you can with lavender oil to relax your mind. But how exactly does feeling cold relate to poor blood circulation?
It works like this: When your anxious or just having a severe panic attack, again adrenaline is being released from the adrenal glands. Adrenaline is known for dilating the blood vessels and arteries. The body does this to get better circulation of the blood.
But it can also be the other way around and the blood vessels will be constricted and the effect will be poor blood circulation.
Also, there’s a second reason why your blood vessels will contract and that is because of hyperventilation. When you hyperventilate the levels of carbon dioxide as opposed to the oxygen levels are out of balance. This superficial and fast breathing creates different abnormal (not dangerous) PH-levels.
The body needs to get these different PH-levels back into sync and constricts the blood vessels and arteries to maintain healthy PH-levels.
When the blood vessels constrict there’s poor circulation of blood flow. Your body needs to have a good circulation of blood through the vessels and arteries to get every part of your body warmed.
That’s why when you’re feeling cold in different parts of your body, there’s less warm blood running through your veins, and it feels cold.
Does anxiety cause chills and why is that?
Yes, anxiety can cause chills and goosebumps. There’re 4 major reasons for this:
- The fast change in body temperature
- Sweat chills
- The redirection of blood flow
Let’s explore this a little further..
When the body is in fight or flight mode it tries to prepare you for battle or to drastically avoid the danger. One way to do that is by lowering the body temperature. It does this because when you have to make a fast and intense move, it will speed up the body’s body temperature to give the body the energy it needs.
So, the lowering of your body temperature in preparation for this action. As a result of this, you get chills and goosebumps when your system is lowering the body temperature.
I wrote about the sweat chills in my previous article which you can check, when clicking on the blue link. There I also wrote above about hyperventilation, the PH-levels, and blood circulation. The fluctuations in the blood circulation will result in colder sensations in particular parts of the body. The body’s reaction to that is giving you the chills.
The same goes for the redirection of blood flow. The fluctuations in blood flow result in some colder parts of the body and hence will give you the chills.
Why you’re maybe more sensitive to cold
Through new research done in 2020, researchers found an interesting link between anxiety, the thyroid gland, and more sensitivity to cold. When the thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormones, the body’s functionalities will slow down.
This also means that your circulation of blood flow can be compromised. If this is the case, you now know after reading this article why you can experience the feeling of coldness. However, this is true by the understanding we now have, it also means this can be a chronic problem.
Luckily you can test if you got a thyroid problem and there are several solutions for it, like thyroid hormone replacement treatment. So, if you’re always feeling cold, go, and see a doctor and make sure you’re alright.
Conclusion: Can Being Cold Cause Anxiety?
Well, the answer is yes in the way you ask the question. But a better way of formulating the question is can Anxiety cause being cold? Then, the answer is yes absolutely.
But don’t worry too much about it. Avoid anxiety loopholes and observe your thoughts. When you observe your thoughts, your thought will be less active and you can relax more.
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