Anxiety and sweating often go hand in hand, and is incredibly common. As a matter of fact, it is a natural response to stress. Although anxiety sweating is normal, when paired with hyperhidrosis where sweating is amplified 5 times or more, the condition becomes a problem. While the two are separate conditions, a person with either one is susceptible to having the other.
Dealing with hyperhidrosis that is related to anxiety is rather tricky, as the mere thought of breaking out in sweat triggers profuse perspiration and the breakout itself causes more anxiety (which causes more sweating).
Living with anxiety-triggered hyperhidrosis doesn’t need to be hard. The key is not controlling the sweating, but rather the triggers that lead to the profuse sweating. In this case, the sweat triggers are stress and anxiety.
Here are some pointers to how you can deal with your anxiety and improve your well being.
- Accepting anxiety– Know that anxiety is normal and part of being human. Everyone is affected by anxiety, even if they don’t appear to be so. Once you accept anxiety as part of your life, you can learn to manage it accordingly so it won’t interfere with your quality of life.
- Learn and adapt preventative measures – A healthy diet that is low or free from caffeine is important, as are good amounts of exercise and quality sleep. Looking after your inner health helps you better cope with overwhelming situations.
- Build your self-confidence – People who have self-esteem issues are more likely to be overwhelmed with anxiety. Building on your self-confidence and esteem, does in fact help reduce anxiety. There are self-help books, workshops and counselling programs that can help improve your self confidence.
- Anticipate stressful situations – Where possible, prepare yourself well for stressful circumstances. For instance, when presenting a public speech, preparing and rehearsing your material beforehand in front of a small audience, such as friends, will help you be less anxious and perform better when delivering it to the public.
- Stress-releasing techniques – Learn relaxation techniques such as deep and slow breathing, visualisation, meditation, or yoga. These methods will help you relax your muscles and mind, and instil positive thoughts when stressful circumstances arise; all of which prevent anxiety. Even just talking to your friends and family about your feelings allows you to vent and relieves some of your stress away.
You will want to learn and use these techniques to help you relax and reduce anxiety. By managing your anxiety levels, you are simultaneously reducing the cause of your excessive sweating. Remember to work at de-stressing regularly, or the anxiety can build up and be too overwhelming at times of extreme stress.
Most importantly, have faith and know that not all situations can be controlled; but with these practices you will at least be better prepared and equipped to handle them as they arise. For all those with anxiety-related hyperhidrosis, here’s to a better life!