Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Summer Heat

Hot Weather and Your Anxiety

Are your anxiety disorder symptoms worse during hot weather? You may not be imagining it. When your body becomes too hot, you may experience symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder. If you do not take care of yourself when the weather is hot, you may find your anxiety symptoms escalating.

When your body becomes hot, it works to cool itself. You know your body is working the way it's supposed to be because you will be sweating. This physical change alone, however, is enough to increase anxiety for some. If you are focused on any bodily change (and many people with anxiety are), then you may become concerned that the sweating is related to anxiety or is even the beginning of a panic attack.