Are you tired of shaking from anxiety and stress?
Do your teeth chatter, your knees knock and your hands shake when you are extremely stressed?
Are you desperate to find a way to stop it as fast as humanly possible?
You’re not alone.
Anxiety tremors, shaking and shivering are common symptoms of anxiety and high stress levels.
The problem is:
Most of us believe that shaking from anxiety is bad, and do whatever we can to stop it as quickly as possible.
But trying to stop anxiety trembling is actually the worst way to make it stop.
Contrary to what you believe, shaking from anxiety does not mean that your anxiety attack is getting worse.
It’s the complete opposite!
Why Does Your Body Shake from Anxiety?
I realized that most people have the wrong information about anxiety tremors when I got this comment on my post about anxiety breathing exercises:
“What does it mean when I try the breathing techniques but it makes it worse it makes me cry and shake. What does this mean what can I do to make this go away?”
I’ve learned the truth about anxiety shaking from Barry Mcdonagh, the creator of the excellent Panic Away program:
Shaking from anxiety is mother nature’s way of de-stressing.”
In the wild when an animal has just avoided an attack, it will shake intensely for several minutes and then return to eating grass as if nothing has happened.
This shaking allows it to release the build-up of stress hormones that occurred during the “anxiety attack”.
(Animals don’t need therapy, they just need to have a good shake to adjust back to life.)
But we are not wild animals and our culture frowns upon anxious shaking. Shaking is seen as a sign of weakness so we suppress it. We tense up.
But why do you start shaking in the first place?
When you’re extremely anxious, your body activates a fight-or-flight response to danger, even when no real danger is present.
This response triggers a rush of adrenaline, which feeds your body with energy, arouses your nervous system and prepares to be able to fight or flight.
Contrary to what you may believe, shaking is actually a sign that your body is releasing energy. It happens when your fight-or-flight response winds down – not up.
Why You Shouldn’t Suppress Anxiety Shaking
Most people will not allow themselves to shake when anxious.
When their whole body starts to shake violently, they freak out and quickly try to suppress all shaking.
[yellowboxThe problem is that when you do not release the energy of an aroused nervous system – it gets stored in your muscles as tension.[/yellowbox]
This tension can result with:
More frightening and unusual bodily sensations such as:
- leg cramps
- Arm and leg spasms
- And sometimes just a whole lot of more shaking.
This, in turn, makes you even more anxious – a vicious cycle.
Anxiety trembling is a discharge of nervous arousal and a fast clearing of stress hormones from your body.
Isn’t mother nature clever?
What to Do Instead to Make Nervous Shaking Stop
The next time you are anxious, or going through an anxiety attack, and feel your body start shaking – allow it. Keep it up. It’s perfectly o.k.
In fact, if you want to stop your anxiety faster – encourage the shaking. Exaggerate it.
If you are sitting, tap your feel and bounce your knees more than you normally would. If you are alone, stand up and shake your body out. Shake your hands and arms.
Even better, put on some booty shaking music on. Shake each leg and bounce on your toes like you see sprinters do before a race.
Shake it out, shake it off.
(I want to thank Barry Mcdonagh for yet another golden piece of advice I found in his online program)
How to Prevent Your Next Anxiety Attack
Now that you know how to manage shaking from anxiety, how about preventing your next anxiety attack altogether?
You can use simple CBT techniques at home whenever you need them – until your life-destroying anxiety symptoms go away for good.
I know, because I was there too.
For more help on stopping anxiety naturally – see my post about the 10 best ways to overcome anxiety – without medication.
How do you feel when you start shaking from anxiety? how do you deal with it?
To your health and happiness,
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