Anxiety and Nausea

Anxiety and Nausea

We know the anxiety symptoms of having an elevated heartbeat and feeling shakiness. There is another symptom that comes out of anxiety which is the feeling of nausea where your stomach churns every time you feel stressed out. By being careful what you eat and taking a deep breath, you should no longer feel nauseous when you feel anxious.

When you feel anxious, your body goes into fight-or-flight response where neurotransmitters send messages to the rest of the body that makes your heart pump faster, increases breathing, muscle tension, and sends more blood to the brain. Every body system gets affected when you suffer with anxiety. In the digestive system, you can experience vomiting, heartburn, stomachache, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and painful bowel spasms. Harvard Health says that 10-20% of Americans could have gotten irritable bowel syndrome or chronic upset stomach because of anxiety symptoms. This could negatively affect your life if you feel the need to throw up every time you feel stress.

If nausea tends to hit you when you are feeling stressed, try to eat a small amount of plain crackers or plain bread. You should also slowly take a drink of water. Wear loose clothing that does not put any pressure on your stomach. Always remember to take deep, long breaths and focus only on your breathing. Avoid eating fried, greasy or sweet foods when you are feeling nauseous and limit any intense activity. You should try to have a plan in place in moments when you know you will feel anxiety such as deep breathing, aromatherapy, or meditation. Keep talking to your friends and family so that your support system will help keep you more at ease as well as give you other strategies to avoid throwing up.

If you have already vomited, drink some cold water in small sips to restore your lost fluids. Make sure to rest and not move around so much if you are still feeling queasy. Do not eat solid food until you feel better. Keep drinking water and eat smaller meals throughout the day. If you are not able to manage your nausea on your own, it is best to speak to a doctor. Remember that it is not your fault if you experience nausea during stress as it is hard to control. By using these methods to control your stomach, you will be in better control of your anxiety.

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