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Best ways to Overcome Nervousness

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Nervousness by itself is not considered a serious problem. Many people suffer from nervousness at some point or another - some even from irrational nervousness. Being nervous is a part of being human, and recognizing that the world does have its dangers.

But when that nervousness becomes overwhelming, never seems to go away, impacts your personal life, or is accompanied by severe physical symptoms, that's when you may need some type of treatment.

What are the Signs and Causes of Nervousness?

What is nervousness? Nervousness affects everyone differently, which makes listing the symptoms a little challenging. Some may appear mildly nervous or quiet in the corner; others may be openly agitated. That being said, there are a number of physical symptoms that tend to pop up more than others.

• Feeling restless and agitated

• Dizziness or lightheadedness

• Breathlessness that may even result in hyperventilating

• Upset stomach and nausea. Severe cases can lead to acid reflux and even vomiting.

• Rapid heartbeat. You may feel like you’ve run a marathon despite no physical activity.

• Tics and tremors (small muscle spasms and movement that tend to be sharp and quick).

• Sudden dry mouth

• Sweaty hands

• Muscle tension (most often in the neck, shoulders, and back)

• Trembling Your whole body shakes and quivers as if you were suffering from a fever.

• Hot or cold flashes.

• Difficulty concentrating.

These are some of the more common symptoms, but what causes nervousness? What is it that actually brings these symptoms forward? There are a few causes, but the key thing to remember is that this is a mental issue.

Nervousness is the way your mind and body deal with an unexpected situation. Stress is the body’s way of processing information that the brain isn’t quite sure what to do with.

 Now that you know what causes nervousness, it’s time to consider some strategies for getting rid of those nerves.

Some Ways to Stop Nervousness


The most important tool for reducing nervousness is exercise. Exercise is more than just something you do for your own physical fitness. It allows you to easily reduce your nervousness because it increases production of relaxing neurotransmitters while simultaneously burning hormones caused by stress and tiring the muscles so that anxiety symptoms are less severe. If you do nothing else for your nervousness, you still need to start exercising.


Easier said than done, but if you can relax, the symptoms and the nervousness will slip away.


A pre-emptive strike of sorts, meditation may be a good way of dealing with the stress that leads to nervousness before it begins.

Avoid Caffeine

If you know that you’re going to be in a situation where you might become nervous, avoid caffeine. Caffeine can help exacerbate all of the symptoms of nervousness. Stay away from the cola, chocolate, and coffee.


Sleep deprivation may not seem like an anxiety issue, but it has a profound effect on nervousness. In fact, sleep debt (regular loss of sleep over time) can actually cause significant physical and mental symptoms that may lead to profound nervousness and stress. It's been proven that significant time without a full night's sleep increases anxiety.

Remember, anxiety and stress actually change thought processes. So when you're nervous because you're sleep deprived, you may have no idea that your nervousness is unnatural. It is likely to feel completely natural. Try making sure that you get more sleep and see if a full night's rest for multiple nights in a row reduces your nervousness.

Start Strong, Stay Busy

Nervousness is also something that tends to develop over time. Unfortunately, many people unwittingly give their nervousness time to grow, because they let stress convince them that they need "time alone for their thoughts."

For better or worse, your thoughts are your enemy when you're nervous often. You need to make sure that you don't let yourself get taken over by these thoughts. As soon as you wake up (or as soon as you're about to give the activity that makes you nervous, like a speech), get busy and stay busy. Keep your mind distracted and occupied. You'll find that as long as you're engaging in healthy activities, the break you get mentally will reduce your anxiety in the future.

Warm Baths

Another stress relieving technique, a warm bath can help relax your brain as well as your body as it will help loosen up your muscles.

Positive Thoughts

This is another mental technique that may be easier said than done, but a lot of stress and anxiety is self-imposed. Stop thinking negative thoughts about yourself and the situation; you may relieve a lot of stress and anxiety that causes nervousness.

These are just some of the natural ways to relieve the stress and anxiety that can cause nervousness. If the nervousness becomes extreme or a regular occurrence, there are other options available to you. Seeing a therapist can help relieve some of the mental stress that comes along with it. There are also medications that can help with relieving the symptoms, help you relax, or help balance the chemicals in your body—all of which may help relieve extreme nervousness.

There is no shame in seeking help from a therapist or a doctor for problems related to stress, anxiety, or nervousness. If you feel you need help with these issues, do not hesitate to get help.

Nervousness Can be Handled!

There are plenty of reasons to become nervous and anxious. Having to do something you aren’t very comfortable with like public speaking or pondering the geopolitical climate of the world can lead to a bad case of nerves. The important thing to know is there are ways to try to deal with this nervousness. Whether it’s an occasional thing or you suffer from extreme nervousness, there are options out there that may help you get past it. The trick is finding the right path for you.





Othet links:

Stress Management -Causes of Stress

Simple ways to lower your daily stress level

What to do for exam stress


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