Does Anxiety Cause Nausea? What Can You Do?

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When was the last time you felt nauseous?  I am talking about “I am about to vomit” levels of nausea.
Believe it or not, but some people actually suffer from frequent vomiting.

Well, just imagine dealing with this level of nausea every day…
Yeah, that’s what having anxiety-based nausea feels like.

Anxiety is basically ‘just’ persistent worry.
As such, the symptoms of anxiety are persistent as well.
Unfortunately, nausea is a symptom of anxiety, making it very difficult to overcome.

I myself went through anxiety, particularly when I was a part of the military, so I know how that feels.
How does it feel, you’re asking? Absolutely terrible.

The worst part is the fact that it makes day-to-day activities that much more difficult than they have to be.

Back during my days as a soldier, I was put under a lot of stress, not so much due to any danger, but rather due to the constant threat of punishment.
Discipline is very important in the army, and the punishment for minor offenses can be very unreasonable.
This knowledge and the constant threats of jail time were very stressful to me.

So I determined that my nausea was coming from my anxiety.

That fact alone didn’t help me in the slightest.
There is no point in knowing what was causing my nausea if it didn’t help me solve it.

As it turned out, though, I missed my chance.
There was much I could have done at the time to feel less nauseous, even as a soldier.

You see, treating anxiety-based nausea is one thing, treating nausea, in general, is a whole different story.
Nausea in but a symptom of anxiety, and I was never one to believe that treating the symptoms of a disorder would do me any good.

The way I see it, if you don’t treat the very source of the problem then you are just making it worse.
When it comes down to it, symptoms are a side effect and nothing more.

All of that being said, symptoms are still difficult to deal with.
Sure, I can rationalize them as much as I want, but they are still unpleasant at the very least.

Back then I didn’t realize this fact, so I kept trying to deal with my anxiety, ignoring nausea: It was only a symptoms, after all.
At the time I didn’t realize that the nausea made it much more difficult to overcome my anxiety.

Boy oh boy, didn’t that backfire on me.

So using my newfound wisdom I decided to give you some solid advice about anxiety, nausea and everything in between.

Why does anxiety cause nausea

One question that comes up is “why do I experience nausea of all things?”
Why are people who suffer from anxiety feel nauseous? What is the relation here?
Surprisingly enough, it runs deeper than you might think.

The fight-or-flight mechanism is a coping system that your body uses when faced with danger.
It either forces you to take action, often times a violent one (hence “fight”), run away, or just freeze.

So “fight, flight or freeze” would be more accurate.

Either way, that reaction forces a surge of adrenaline through your body.
Adrenaline affects your stomach area, leading to a sense of nausea.
It blocks certain enzymes and acids and it also affects your hormones and tenses your muscles

When push comes to shove it means that the muscles around the stomach area become tenser, applying more pressure on your gut.

This development may cause nausea and eventual vomiting (assuming it is severe enough).
Changes in hormonal activity may actually block out enzymes and acids and cause other stomach-related disorders.

If you ever wondered why nervous people don’t eat much, then you have your answer.

With that being said, there’s still a question remaining; What can you do about it?

feeling nauseous

What can you do about it?

In all honesty? There are many things you could do to help you with your nausea.

Treating your anxiety isn’t going to make your recurring nausea disappear as quickly as treating it directly would.

Sure, by treating your anxiety you can make your sense of nausea vanish permanently, but until it does, what are you going to do about it? The only answers that come to mind are short-term solutions.

Meaning that they are going to work for now, but you should still strive to overcome your anxiety.
With that in mind, here are some tricks that can help you feel less nauseous.

1) Lemons

Seriously, lemons are really easy to come by and have a variety of uses.
You should have at least a couple of them at your house at any given time.

They are good for your throat, for tension and… Yeah, even for nausea.
Lemons are great toxic cleansers, they are full of vitamin C, Potassium, and many other minerals.

Their astringent nature can relieve the epigastric tissue around the stomach area.

Heck, their very smell is can cut through your nausea like a knife.
In a research conducted on pregnant women, lemons have been shown to cause an improvement in these very symptoms.

When compared to women who were given a placebo (fake medicine), there has been a difference of 16% in their rates of satisfaction, 50% when compared to 34%.
Not only that, but there has been a 60% decrease in overall usage.

Not only were the lemons much more effective, completely solving the problem for 50% of pregnant women based on smell alone, but they also lasted much longer in terms of effects.

Honestly, if the smell can do that much for you then think about what an actual taste can accomplish.
Sure, it some of you might think that lemons are hard to suck on, but the end result may very well be worth it.

2) Stretch

Some people may say that yoga is the key here, but when it really comes down to it, it’s nothing more than fancy stretching.
And like any other type of stretching it can do your muscles plenty of good.

The idea is that your muscles are now constricted and that you need to relive their tension.
By stretching you can apply that idea directly, physically pulling on your muscles.

When your muscles become less tense they will stop pushing against your stomach as a result.

Aside from the physical benefits, stretching can also help you with your anxiety.
A relaxed body leads to a relaxed mind, that’s why yoga works for some people so well.

In fact, you might want to pick up on yoga yourself – It does the body plenty of good!
A few light exercises can be the difference between nausea and complete relaxation.

3) Meditation and breathing techniques

As you may know, I talk a lot about meditation.
As I wrote in my other article, meditation shuts down the part of your brain responsible for the fight-or-flight mechanism, basically relaxing all of your tense muscles and lowring your levels of stress in the process.

This part of the brain is called Amygdala, and based on some studies, it can shrink down extensively in relatively short periods of time.

So yeah, meditation isn’t just spiritual – it’s actually pretty awesome, and you should defenitely give it a shot.
Yet we can’t all just be meditating whenever we are nauseous, right? I mean, once in the morning and maybe once more before bed, most of us can’t afford to do much more than that.

After all, we can’t just start meditating whenever we feel nauseous, the situation might not allow it.

That’s what breathing techniques are for.
One method I would recommend is called the 4-7-8 breathing technique.
The instructions are pretty simple:

  • Breath deeply through your nose up to the count of 4
  • Hold your breath for 7 seconds
  • Exhale through your mouth to the count of 8

This method is by no means complicated.
Surprisingly enough, many people mess up this technique, so I added a video demonstration right below.

This method is actually the very useful if you are feeling nauseous in an everyday situation, just start measuring your breating and you’ll get better.
This method is most helpful when done over a period of time.

It’s actually pretty simple.

When it really comes down to it, there are plenty of ways to make yourself feel less nausious.
A few good ideas would be to avoid sugar and drink carbonated drinks, sugar can cause stomach inflammation and carbonated drinks help your stomach settle down.

I don’t offer these as permanent solutions, but they can help you make your nausea more bearable while you are treating your anxiety.
You can actually start treating your anxiety through self-help methods, the best guide on the matter (that I know of) is The “Panic Away” Program, so you should defenitely check it out.

Before you go, here’s a quick question – Have you ever felt anxious to the point of nausea before?

Make sure to write your answers down in the comment section below – I read every single one!

If you got any question you would like to ask me personally then make sure to send me a quick email – I will try my best to reply!

Email: vladosipkov@projectconquest.org

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2 Replies to “Does Anxiety Cause Nausea? What Can You Do?”

  1. Anxiety sucks! The worst part about it, it that you often know you are being unreasonable in your fears, but you can’t stop the panic. It is like, once it gets going, it is hard to stop. I find breathing exercises to be really helpful, Going for a walk in nature can often calm me down. The other thing that sucks about anxiety, is that the symptoms it can cause, such as nausea, tend to make you more scared because you think there is something wrong with you.

    1. Glad to see your comment, Andrea!

      You are right of course, anxiety is purely subconscious and can’t be controlled by any regular means.

      Although symptoms can be scary at times, and only make your condition worse, it’s all about breaking that cycle of anxiety by taking the first step to improve it.

      Cheers, Vlad!

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