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How to Manage Tingling and Anxiety

Anxiety is a clinical condition in which one feels a constant sense of nervousness or dread. It is often accompanied by a range of psychological and physical symptoms, including sensations of tingling. This can often lead to more anxious feelings, as people panic about possible illness. Although tingling can be caused by health problems in rare cases, it can also be a symptom of anxiety. Read on for advice on how to manage tingling and anxiety.

How to Manage Tingling and Anxiety

Exercise Regularly

This is one of the most effective ways to manage anxiety because it releases the natural mood-elevating neurotransmitters serotonin and endorphines into the brain. It will also help reduce tingling because blood flow to the extremities is increased. In order to keep anxiety generally at bay, it is advisable to try and get at least 150 minutes of medium- to high-intensity exercise every week, but a quick burst of exercise can also be useful to get rid of an impending anxiety attack. Being sedentary can cause fixation on anxious thoughts, whereas exercising will help clear your mind and reduce the anxiety.

Get Enough Sleep

As anxiety is mostly defined by irrational thoughts, and sleep deprivation is a leading cause of irritability and irrational thought processes, the two together are naturally a bad combination. In order to break the cycle of negativity that can come with anxiety, it is important to get adequate sleep. This will keep your body and mind fresh and reduce anxious thoughts. To promote good sleep, try keeping your bedroom dark, cool, and quiet and avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the afternoon and evening.

Limit Time Around Negative People

If you're experiencing anxiety, it's likely that you already struggle with negative thoughts. Being around people who tend to speak or behave negatively can make this worse. Part of the fight against anxiety is to alter the way situations and events are viewed, and this is far more likely to happen if less time is spent with negative people. Friends who keep a positive outlook can help you think and feel happier.

Take Slow Breaths

Hyperventilation is actually the leading cause of tingling, so breathing more slowly will help keep it under control. It will also reduce anxiety in general, as respiration and blood flow rates will slow down, preventing the body from going into “panic mode”, which only exacerbates irrational thought processes.


Tingling and anxiety are unpleasant symptoms, but there are ways to treat them. By implementing a few lifestyle changes, such as those mentioned above, you can reduce tingling and anxiety and improve overall well-being. If the tingling or anxiety is still severe even after you have tried these tips, you should talk to your doctor. This is especially important if you are experiencing persistent tingling, as it could be a symptom of other conditions.

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