Can Anxiety Cause Chills? Here’s How to Stop It

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Aura Health Team
Written by
Aura Health Team
Aura Health is a community of hundreds of top coaches, therapists, and storytellers worldwide. We are here to provide the world’s most extensive, personalized collection of mental wellness content & services.
Can Anxiety Cause Chills? Here’s How to Stop ItCan Anxiety Cause Chills? Here’s How to Stop It

Have you ever found yourself shivering unexpectedly or experiencing sudden chills without a clear reason such as a cold environment or illness? These sensations could be related to anxiety. Let’s explore why this happens and how to effectively manage it.

Can Anxiety Cause Chills?

Yes, anxiety can indeed cause chills. This occurs because anxiety triggers your body’s fight-or-flight response, leading to various physical reactions. During this response, blood flow is diverted from the skin to vital organs, causing a decrease in skin temperature that may be perceived as chills.

Furthermore, anxiety can lead to hyperventilation, which reduces carbon dioxide levels in the blood, exacerbating feelings of coldness and chills.

How to Tell if Chills Are From Anxiety?

To determine if your chills are caused by anxiety, observe if they occur alongside other common symptoms of anxiety such as rapid breathing, an increased heart rate, sweating, and feelings of unease or panic. When these symptoms accompany chills during stressful situations, it is likely that they are linked to anxiety.

Other Potential Causes of Chills

Besides anxiety, chills can arise from a variety of other causes:

  • Infections: Illnesses like the flu or pneumonia often include chills as the body increases its temperature to combat the infection.
  • Hormonal changes: Disorders such as hypothyroidism or menopause can interfere with body temperature regulation.
  • Low blood sugar: Especially in diabetics, hypoglycemia can trigger chills along with symptoms like sweating and confusion.
  • Medication side effects: Certain medications, particularly those affecting the nervous system, may cause chills.

How to Stop Chills Due to Anxiety

For those experiencing chills as a symptom of anxiety, the following methods may offer relief:

  1. Practice Deep Breathing: Slow, deliberate breathing can stabilize the nervous system and lessen anxiety symptoms, including chills.
  2. Stay Warm: Using blankets or dressing warmly can provide immediate comfort from chills.
  3. Progressive Muscle Relaxation: This involves tensing and relaxing different muscle groups to relieve tension and reduce chills.
  4. Mindfulness and Meditation: Engaging in mindfulness practices can help focus and calm your mind, reducing anxiety. Aura provides a range of guided meditations that are specifically tailored to help with anxiety.
  5. Seek Professional Help: If anxiety and its symptoms significantly impact your daily life, consulting a mental health professional is advisable.

Control Your Anxiety With Aura

At Aura, we understand the challenges of managing anxiety and its physical symptoms like chills. Unlike traditional meditation apps that provide one-size-fits-all content libraries created by a few coaches, Aura leverages AI to provide anyone with personalized access to its all-in-one mental wellness library that continuously learns what works for you. Try Aura today and discover how you can achieve tranquility and wellness every day.

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