The purpose of this blog is to give you, the reader, an insight into how and why anxiety can affect you in different ways.
When we saw the word anxiety, most people have thoughts of a racing heart or difficulty breathing, and where they are symptoms, there are others alongside them.
Anxiety is not just an emotional issue. Anxiety can be felt as much in your body as your mind, and these symptoms can disrupt your ability for a good quality of life. Treating anxiety is not just about controlling your stress, but also gaining an understanding of how and why it is affecting your body.
A common symptom I find with my clients who have anxiety is nausea. Nausea is a common anxiety symptom and may occur with or without the urge to vomit. The fact of the matter is that this nausea is debilitating. If you’re in a meeting, looking after your children, or even on a date, this nausea is extremely difficult to manage. Nausea can be unpredictable.
What causes Nausea from Anxiety?
Anxiety related nausea comes from a variety of different issues. However, it all stems from the same area of your brain. One of your brains overriding systems is the threat system. The purpose of this threat system is to keep you safe. The threat system has some great uses, for example, if you were to walk out in front of a bus, your anxiety from your threat system is what instantly tells you to pull back. However, problems arise when this threat system becomes short wired and begins to detect a threat in places that aren’t harmful to us, eg public speaking or phobias.
When we detect threat our brain sends a signal to our digestive system to remove water and to prioritize it towards your muscles. The purpose of this, is to cool your muscles down and is basically your body getting ready to escape a situation quickly. Nausea comes from the release of epinephrine, more commonly known as adrenaline. Alongside water being removed from the stomach and bowel, can also disrupt acids, enzymes, and functions of your stomach and intestine, which leads to nausea related symptoms. Anxiety can also make it more difficult for your body to process food, which can lead to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
How to address anxiety-related nausea
In the case of nausea from anxiety, nausea itself isn’t dangerous and unlikely to be indicative of health problems. Instead, to control your nausea, you need to control your anxiety. Chances are your body is experiencing a great deal of stress from your daily, persistent anxiety. The NHS recommended protocol for anxiety treatment is a short course of CBT. CBT directly addresses the root of anxiety through addressing unhelpful cognitive patterns, which in turn heal a maladaptive threat system and minimizing unpleasant symptoms such as nausea.
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