Anxiety and Circulation – Tips for Going with the Flow

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, images of hearts are abundant. Although it probably wasn’t Cupid’s intention, those sparkly paper hearts and glittery cards serve as a good reminder of how important our circulation is to our overall health. Although the 20th century has afforded us many things that make our world brighter such as technology, rockets, computers, the internet and cell phones, our turbo-charged culture does little to nurture our circulation and can lead to anxiety.

 Anxiety can lead to circulation and blood flow issues when your body is tense and the flow of blood from your heart to your feet and hands is limited. How does this happen? IT’s the body’s stress response to acute stress affects the heart, lungs, and circulation.When we are stressed, the flight or fight response is activated and the heart rate and blood pressure immediately increase. The breathing can become quick and uneven while the lungs take in more oxygen. Also, red and white blood cells are discharged by the spleen thus forcing the blood to transport more oxygen throughout the body.

If anxiety leads to poor circulation the way to get back in the flow is to find a way to combat the anxiety.Of course, seeing a trained counselor or psychiatrist is beneficial to discuss and treat symptoms of anxiety.There are also some treatments you can do yourself to hopefully ease the tension, reduce anxiety and get the blow flowing again.

These include exercise, meditation, massage, yoga and journaling.Exercise is a very effective method to reduce stress and improve circulation.It’s arguable that exercise is as effective as some of the leading anxiety medications at reducing anxiety symptoms. The endorphins and ‘feeling good’ neurotransmitters that get pushed into your brain also improves your mood. Of course, it is wise to you check with your doctor before starting any health regime.

Another form of exercise that is beneficial for circulation is yoga, which adds a relaxation element that is crucial to wellbeing.People with anxiety find that yoga can be especially beneficial as it quiets the mind and provides for clearer thinking.Still others find that writing down their thoughts can ease daily stress and reduce anxiety. Also, a consistent journaling habit will provide you with an excellent roadmap to review so you can evaluate your progress.

One of the symptoms of poor circulation isvaricose veins.Having unsightly purple colored spiders crawling on your lower extremities can be embarrassing and quite painful.Also if left untreated, varicose veins can pose health risks. First see your doctor for advice – in the meantime, there are a number of things one can to do prevent and minimize the symptoms brought about by the condition.

If your doctor recommends if or if you’re looking for a quick solution, you may be a candidate for some effective several surgical remedies for varicose veins. For example, Metropolitan Vein and Aesthetic Center offers the latest treatments in vein therapy.There’s Microphlebectomy, a minimally invasive technique used for surface veins.Alternatively, there is a vein closure procedure or even Sclerotherapy which is used to treat the varicose, or spider veins, by inserting small needles into the skin.Whichever procedure you decide is appropriate for you, the professionals at Metropolitan Vein and Aesthetic Center offer the latest technology for vein therapy.

First, take breaks when you have to stand or sit for long periods of time.Wiggling toes and circling ankles and make a big difference to get the blood flowing and increase circulation. Second, avoid wearing tight fitting clothes that restrict blood flow and hinder circulation. Poor circulation may make the appearance of the varicose veins more noticeable.Also, try to keep your weight balanced so you will maintain a balanced pressure on the veins in the extremities. If you can, wear compression stockings. These can be purchased over the counter and provide pressure to the veins and in essence close them off.

At the end of the day, it pays to slow down and take a breather. By lowering your stress and anxiety you’re paving the way for your heart to do its job – circulating the blood that keeps you alive and feeds your organs.