SANA SHAIKH
By Sana Shaikh

BHMS and Yoga Trainer

02 August 2022
Medically reviewed by
Dhanashree Padhye
MA (Psychology)
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Table of Contents

What is Anxiety? 

Anxiety disorders are disorders from the category of mental health that can include extreme nervousness and fear; apprehension. Anxiety disorders have a variety of mental health diagnoses that lead to excessive uneasiness, fear, uncertainty, and worry.

These disorders alter how a person processes emotions and behavior, causing physical symptoms. Mild Anxiety might be vague and unsettling, while severe Anxiety may seriously affect day-to-day living.

Anxiety disorders affect more than millions of people in the United States. It is the most common group of mental illnesses in the country. However, about 35 percent of people with an Anxiety disorder receive treatment. (Chand SP, Marwaha R. Anxiety)

What is Nausea? 

Nausea and vomiting are nearly similar most of the time, they are interconnected. Vomiting is the unmanageable necessity to evacuate the abdomen's contents via the mouth. Nausea is the emotion of ought to puke, even if you don't vomit. Vomiting is commonly known as throwing up, sick, spewing, or hurling.

These can be severe mental health symptoms as our mind, and physical bodies are connected in a specific way where one drives another. (Cohen MM, Duncan PG, DeBoer DP, Tweed WA)

Can Anxiety cause Nausea?

It is observed that problems like Anxiety can cause similar issues of Nausea; moreover, there are chances that it may cause gastrointestinal problems. Besides the brain, your digestive system contains the second largest number of nerves in your body. And that is why there is one slang saying in the medical world that your gut is your second brain. 

And because of all this, It's not surprising that the hormones and chemicals released when you're anxious can cause gut-related issues, including the following things.

How do I make Anxiety and Nausea stop?

Following are the steps to deal with Anxiety. These are simple things that we can take to improve your mental health. These are exciting steps to get away from Anxiety and Nausea so quickly.

MINDFULNESS- 

Mindfulness is a mediation that focuses only on the ongoing moment. It requires a total absence of judgment and any other interpretations of our feelings and senses occurring within the moment to promote the interactions with the atmosphere and other noticeable things around you.

This practice has been established to help relieve stress as it can simultaneously relax the body and mind. Mindfulness is an art; Mindfulness must practice many times before getting a good grip on it. This process gets easier more and more you try to be in.

Mindfulness exercise is of different types. It's better to understand what kind of exercise suits your personality better. Focuses on breathing one you start feeling nervous, it moves in and out of your body. Settling down and breathing can help you a lot in such situations.

PHYSICAL TRAINING-

When one faces different types of anxieties, the body under the pressure of stress can cause muscle tension in the abdomen, creating the feeling we understand as Nausea. The mental pressure also increases your adrenaline and alters other hormones in the body like the stomach lining alter or food digestion.

Physical exercise tires your muscles, relaxing the amount of stress your muscles put on your digestion system. Physical activity also regulates hormones, decreasing the amount of adrenaline produced within the body, which can help control Anxiety levels.

Another bonus to physical exercise is the release of endorphins, the "feel-good" neurotransmitters that improve our mood, also helping to control levels of Anxiety.

HEALTHY EATING HABITS 

Everything that is inside the body is connected in some way or another. You cannot enhance your mental health without improving your natural health, in simpler words, your physical health. Haggling with Anxiety and Nausea takes a holistic strategy, which contains observing 'what you put in your body.'

Reducing edibles with a heightened salt scope or fat can decrease feelings of Nausea. Dining on a vacant abdomen or overconsumption can also result in Nausea. Make sure you consume the recommended amount of water based on your demographics to prevent dehydration, which can also increase Anxiety.

Take rest as much as your body needs-

More people in society consider the importance of sleep very little, especially if we lead busy lives. Getting a good night's sleep falls low on our priority of daily tasks.

Research has shown that sleep deprivation can increase Anxiety and impacts your ability to deal with stress. Rest gives the body's neurons a chance to shut down and repair themselves. Lack of peaceful sleep creates a hormonal imbalance in the body and increases Anxiety levels.

Too little sleep also increases adrenaline levels, exacerbating Anxiety symptoms like Anxiety and sickness. Devoting to nourishing bedtime over a lengthy period can help reduce your stress.

Points to remember- 

  1. Anxiety disorders are disorders from the category of mental health that can include extreme nervousness and fear.
  2. About 35 percent of people with an Anxiety disorder receive treatment.
  3. Nausea and vomiting are nearly similar; most of the time, they are interconnected.

Conclusion

Anxiety can cause Nausea. It is observed that Anxiety can trigger the fight-or-flight response and ultimately affect a decrease in digestive activities as a reaction to the stress.

Different people can have different experiences of Nausea and other symptoms of stress as per the history of the patient. There are many options for treatment, and they may include methodical practices and therapies.

Some of the self-management approaches like breathing techniques and meditation can also help to improve symptoms. 

 

Try avoiding self-medication for a longer effect of the Nausea and Anxiety. Get in touch with your physician as soon as possible if you have had the symptoms for a long time. These practices can help you get the diagnosis and to stay away from further mental damage. 

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