Anxiety Self Help:
How Can I Control My Sweating
In this anxiety self help page you will find some tips on how to reduce sweating.
For us who deal with anxiety, sweating is a big deal. Even if you start out doing ok, once you start to sweat, that brings on anxiety, then that makes you sweat more, and on and on.
First of all, it could be a medical condition other than anxiety causing your sweating or it could be a medication you are taking. You will want to check with your doctor to see if it's either of these causing your sweating.
But aside of that, there are several things you can do to control sweating. Here are some suggestions I have heard and read in the past and have been very useful to me.
#1--Try a higher strength deodorant and antiperspirant. Remember deodorants will only control odor, not sweat, so be sure it is an antiperspirant too. You can get some over the counter and others can be obtained by prescription only.
#2--Apply the deodorant/antiperspirant at night, it will be more effective in clogging the sweat ducts and it will become more of a habit as well. And apply again in the morning after your shower. Be sure to dry your armpits off really well first and then apply because otherwise it washes off.
#3--It's a good idea to keep your antiperspirant with you during the day, too. Keep it in your briefcase, work bag or purse and apply it before stressful occasions such as meetings with the boss. This does wonders for your anxiety self help.
#4--When dressing, choose breathable, lightweight fabrics such as cotton. If you have to spend a little extra money on good workout clothes that specifically reduce sweating, it's well worth it.
#5--Stay away from silk, and try fabrics with looser weaves such as linen. The tighter the weave is, the hotter your clothes will be.
#6--Wear an undershirt to absorb sweat, a lightweight cotton t-shirt, tank top, camisole or anything like that. And keep an extra one with you during the day in case you need to change it out in the middle of the day.
#7--Carry a small handkerchief to help with hand sweating before you shake hands and so forth.
#8--Don't wear the same exercise clothes you wore the day before, put on fresh clothes to exercise in.
#9--Remember that white shows sweat, but it won't be as visible on darker clothes or with prints or patterns.
#10--If you are going to a social function(especially if it is outside or there will be dancing), put an extra blouse or shirt in the car so you can change into fresh clothes and don't forget the antiperspirant. This does wonders for your anxiety self help and your confidence level.
#11--Keep your head cool, try to avoid hats if possible.
#12--With your feet, use an absorbent foot powder, or if you want to go cheap, baking soda is fine. Choose shoes that have air-holes and "breathe" if possible. If you need to, keep an extra pair of socks with you.
#13--Even though it may look delicious, stay away from spicy foods unless you have that extra shirt with you.
#14--At night, use plain cotton sheets and bedspreads instead of silk or flannel. The same goes for pajamas as well.
I hope these suggestions are helpful for controlling your sweating.
And remember, think ahead, be prepared. This is the key to anxiety self help. Think of what you will be doing throughout the day and plan accordingly. Being prepared will not only control your sweating, but it will reduce your anxiety because you know you will be prepared if a stressful situation arises.
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