Are you tired of shaking (uncontrollably) 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 panic disorders, and high stress levels.
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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.
Contrary to what you believe, shaking from anxiety does not mean that your anxiety attack is getting worse.
It’s the complete opposite!
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What Causes Uncontrollable Shaking 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:
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 – it’s part of the fight or flight response.
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.
Shaking is a Part of the Fight-or-Flight Response
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 a sign that your body is releasing energy. It happens when your fight-or-flight response winds DOWN.
Do You Immediately Try to Stop Trembling?
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.
The problem is that when you do not release the energy of an aroused nervous system – it gets stored in your muscles as tension.
This tension can result in:
More frightful thoughts 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, stressed out, or going through an anxiety attack, and feel your body start shaking – allow it. Keep it up. It’s perfectly o.k.
If you want to stop your anxiety faster – don’t use relaxation techniques right now. 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.
How to Prevent Your Next Anxiety Attack
Now that you know how to manage feeling anxious and shaking from anxiety, how about preventing your next anxiety attack altogether?
Anxiety is not something you have to learn to live with.
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.
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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