Anxiety can be caused by literally anything, and with the COVID pandemic still weighing heavily on most American’s lives, that anxiety is almost unavoidable in most parts of the country. Adults are experiencing new levels of anxiety due to changes in employment, including extremely high rates of unemployment in many parts of the country and many industries.
Many children also have experienced their first death during COVID, and childhood trauma has been higher in 2020 than in the past, as well. No matter the reason for the anxiety, nor the age of the individual, anxiety brings with it many mental and physical side-effects, one of the most frightening being numbness.
But fear not, it is a common occurrence, and can be kept at bay rather easily with some minor habitual changes. Here is closer look at anxiety numbness.
Most cases of anxiety stem from generalized anxiety about life and the future, but things like panic disorder and untreated fears can also cause spikes in individuals who otherwise have their responsibilities in order. In addition to the feeling we have all had in our guts when we are unsure of ourselves, anxiety can also cause numbness, and if it does your anxiety should be examined by a professional.
There are other reasons for numbness, however, and if you have experienced insect bites, rashes, or new medications, these could be the reasons for numbness, and it is advised to wait until those other issues are fixed before determining your numbness is caused by anxiety. Though the numbness can occur anywhere, generally in anxiety-related cased it is in the legs and feet, or hands and arms.
Be Active – Even if your anxiety hasn’t led to numbness, exercise is a great way to keep it at bay. If you’re able to add exercise to your daily routine, or up your dose if you already do exercise daily, you’d be doing wonders for your anxiety and it’s effects on the physical body (e.g., numbness). There is a line to toe, however, as a new regimen of exercise can make you anxious if you don’t think you have time to do it. Start small!
Be the Opposite of Active, Too – Constructive relaxation is a great way to fix numbness caused by anxiety, too. This doesn’t mean sitting in a chair and watching mindless television or scrolling social media, but rather listening intently to calming music, practicing mediation, or even simply sipping your favorite beverage and focusing on how delicious it is.
Stay Positive – Easier typed than done, of course, but convincing yourself that stress and anxiety are normal, actually help them go away.
The steps to preventing anxiety are mostly in line with the ones used to treat it. Sticking to a schedule helps a lot, and even though many people are working from home, sticking to the typical “wake up, eat breakfast, take a shower, clean up” routine can really help reduce anxiety, especially with so much unavoidable stress existing due to COVID.
It’s also great practice to notate when your numbness starts, and keep an account of the activities that occurred that day that may have led to it. With this list, you may be able to isolate the occurrence that is causing your numbness, and ultimately thwart it forever.