Treatment for Blushing and Sweating
at the Huddersfield and Manchester Hypnotherapy Clinic
Blushing and/or sweating are symptoms of anxiety and are signs
of an oncoming panic attack. People who have these symptoms may
find that symptoms increase as their levels of anxiety increase.
It is, in fact, internal anxiety that precedes the onset of blushing
or sweating, and when these symptoms begin to emerge anxiety is
then increased further. The result of this is that symptoms become
even more prevalent. This, to sufferers of these symptoms, is
a feedback loop that simply increases the frequency and severity
of symptoms that they didn't want in the first place.
Blushing usually starts at a place other than the face
such as the neck then rapidly spreads to the face. When
this happens anxiety levels are increased, and with that blushing
intensifies, leading to feelings of embarrassment, which once
again increases anxiety.
People who sweat in response to internal anxiety will also suffer
feelings of social embarrassment. Once again a feedback loop will
occur where the more one sweats, the greater feelings in anxiety,
which then leads to more sweating. This may lead to large patched
of wetness under the arms and/or sweat dripping down their facial
skin. These symptoms can be particularly distressing for women
who are, through the structure of society, generally thought not
to sweat as much as men (although biologically there's no good
reason why they shouldn't).
People who suffer from these symptoms may make choices in life
that avoid situations that may cause the onset of these symptoms,
or make make lifestyle choices to cover up their symptoms.
People who blush or sweat may adopt hairstyles to cover their
faces (in very much the same way that teenagers my cover up acne
using their hairstyles). They may choose to wear clothes that
although may be inappropriate for the time of year, cover up any
signs of sweating, such as wearing roll neck jumpers to cover
up blushing on the neck or chest in summer.
People with these symptoms may also avoid physical contact with
other people (for example hand shaking or sexual encounters) to
avoid potential feelings of embarrassment that sweating and/or
blushing may cause.
Why do we blush or sweat?
The actual culprit for these symptoms or adrenaline. These symptoms
occur and increase with levels of anxiety, this is the classic
fight or flight response.
As humans beings we have an innate ability to survive and avoid
danger and this inbuilt genetic ability goes back to the times
of cave men. The fight or flight response is a survival mechanism
that pumps us full of adrenaline and allows human beings during
this bodily chemical rush to achieve extraordinary physical feats
such as extreme strength (to enable us to fight the threat) or
extremely effective avoidance techniques (such as running very
fast). Indeed professional athletes who are reprimanded for 'doping'
take drugs to stimulate this response.
Adrenaline affects the sympathetic nervous system and widens
blood vessels throughout the body by altering the muscle tone
of blood vessels. When the muscle tone in the blood vessel walls
relaxes the blood vessels just below the skin fill and there is
an increased volume of blood going to the skin. Given that we
have red blood cells, not surprisingly our face, neck, ears, chest
go red. People usually blush and/or sweat when they have done
something embarrassing, such as spilling their food or drink,
but people are also able to express these symptoms at the thought
of being in an embarrassing situation.
The key to all this is that these symptoms are a natural result
of what we did as humans when we were cave men; when we have high
levels of anxiety, the fight or flight response kicks in. Because
this is innate in all human beings, we can have these symptoms
when we feel anxious, without there being a real external
stimulus (such as a lion trying to attack us). These symptoms
exist because of internal anxiety. If we are able to remove this
anxiety, so do the symptoms.
Overcoming blushing and sweating
me at theHuddersfield Hypnotherapy Clinic or the Manchester
Hypnotherapy Clinic (UK) so that we can arrange a completely informal, no obligation, free
consultation to discuss your needs further.