Cold feet may be the term for those that are anxious on their wedding day, but it's also a very real physical issue that people deal with constantly. In fact, cold feet is one of the most forgotten types of anxiety symptoms, and yet it really is something that can be caused simply because you're living with greater levels and anxiety.
In this article, we'll explore some of the causes of cold feet and their potential solutions - beyond simply wearing socks.
Cold Feet = Anxiety?
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Types of Anxiety and Cold Feet
Anxiety is a comprehensive condition. Cold feet are obviously not the only symptom, so to learn more about your anxiety you should take my free anxiety test now to really get an idea of what's affecting you and how you can cure it.
But while cold feet aren't a primary anxiety symptom, they are a very real one. Many people seem to deal with cold feet as a result of their anxiety, and that can make things like sleeping and relaxing around the house much more uncomfortable.
Ways Anxiety Causes Cold Feet
Anxiety actually creates a feeling of cold feet in many different ways. It's not as simple as anxiety simply taking heat away from your heat. In fact, cold feet can be caused by a host of different issues, including:
- Sweating One of the most forgotten reasons that anxiety leads to cold feet is because when you have anxiety you sweat regularly. Anxiety itself is the activation of a system in your body that's meant to help you flee when you're faced with danger. Sweating is designed to cool down your body so that you don't overheat when you run away. Unfortunately, since there is no danger, you simply start to sweat, and your feet are often the area that sweat a great deal and are prone to feeling cold more than other areas of the body.
- Blood Flow From Fight/Flight Anxiety also causes blood to flow into your heart and trunk muscles. This is so that if you run away you're have blood where you need it most. Unfortunately, blood flow also heats up the body. So since blood flow largely taken out of your feet, it can result in less warmth.
- Blood Flow From Hyperventilation Anxiety also can lead to faster breathing and hyperventilation. Hyperventilation causes blood vessels to constrict, which slows down blood flow dramatically. It's still flowing into your feet, but because it's slowed down it causes them to experience less heat and feel cold in normal environments. It may also tingle and feel numb too.
- Increased Sensitivity Not all cold feet is the result of changes to your body. Some are the result of changes to your mind. That is the case with increased sensitivity. Anxiety makes people more prone to feeling discomforts - discomforts that they may have had anyway. The mind essentially "dials in" to any discomfort and amplifies it. So your feet may have always been a little cold once in a while, but anxiety causes you to notice it more.
These are all potential reasons that your feet may be freezing from anxiety, and any one of them can play a role in why your feet feel colder now than they did in the past.
How to Overcome Cold Feet
At its heart, cold is still cold. Whether you're feeling cold feet from anxiety or cold feet because it's cold in your home, the best way to warm them up is with socks, shoes, or improving the heat around you. Taking a warm shower seems to be very helpful in this regard as well.
The only true way to make sure that your cold feet don't continue to bother you is, of course, by making sure you stop experiencing the anxiety that causes them in the first place.
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Author: Micah Abraham, BSc Psychology, last updated Sep 28, 2017.