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Anxiety And Weight Gain Through Trying Times

Masked, Overweight Man Standing On A Scale With Arms Raised In Displeasure
Masked, Overweight Man Standing On A Scale With Arms Raised In Displeasure

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a direct effect on the anxiety levels of all of us. Those who suffer from the symptoms of anxiety can find their symptoms heightened further due to the added stresses of trying times. Anxiety produces long term stress. Long term stress has been linked to a host of physical and mental health issues. Long term stress may result in damage to organs and DNA, memory loss, insomnia, and possibly higher blood pressure risk. So, it should come as no surprise that anxiety may also affect a person’s body weight. But weight gain and anxiety have a complex relationship. Below, we will explore how anxiety is related to weight gain and what you can do to maintain a healthier body weight.

Weight Gain Before and After

The first thing to note is that weight gain is not the type of symptom that occurs on a whim, nor is it uncontrollable even when it is related to anxiety.

You should also note that weight gain is still weight gain like any other. Even if it is linked to anxiety, healthy diet and exercise is important, and something you should strongly consider both for your weight and for your anxiety.

Anxiety Can Cause Weight Gain

Weight gain can be a symptom of anxiety. But anxiety does not always cause weight gain. That is because the relationship is fairly complicated. The causes of gaining weight from anxiety are as follows:

  • Cortisol Stress Hormone

    The key reason that some people with anxiety have trouble managing their weight is because of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is released during times of stress, which means that it is also released during anxiety. Cortisol causes fat to build up around the midsection and is one of the primary reasons that those with stress have trouble maintaining their weight.

  • Excess Eating Behavior

    In some people, anxiety can also trigger excess eating. This may occur for two reasons. First, some people find that food provides a valuable coping tool, because it may release endorphins which improve the mood. Second, some people experience more hunger when they are stressed. Not everyone experiences either of these reactions, which is why not everyone gains weight. The differences may also be very subtle, and you may not realize you are eating more than you used to.

  • Inactivity

    In addition, some people find that anxiety is very draining. They may sleep more, or they may sit at home more than they used to. This level of inactivity means that they are burning fewer calories, which in turn means they gain more weight. Due to the restrictions we have had to endure during the pandemic, inactivity has become even more pronounced than usual.

What is interesting is that some people experience the opposite. There are those that struggle to get hungry when they are stressed, and those that find that when they have anxiety they need to be constantly moving. Every person reacts to anxiety differently, which is one of the reasons it does not always seem like weight gain is a symptom.

Weight Gain Can Cause Anxiety

Another reason that anxiety and weight gain have a complex relationship is because weight gain – or rather, the reasons that people gain weight – can also cause anxiety.

Inactivity is one of the reasons that some people develop anxiety. The body needs to move. It was designed to move. Those that do not exercise are considerably more likely to develop anxiety disorders.

Weight gain can also lead to poor breathing habits, which are known to trigger anxiety symptoms and panic attacks. Unhealthy foods may also contribute to anxiety – although they rarely cause it – and poor sleeping habits and aging can lead to both weight gain and anxiety even though the two are unrelated.

Some people also become more anxious when they gain weight simply because they lose confidence in themselves. All of these are reasons why the relationship between anxiety and weight is so complex.

How to Control Your Anxiety Related Weight Gain

It does not matter what causes you to gain weight. Diet and exercise are still the most effective solutions. Make sure that you are eating healthy with the right calories, and that you are exercising regularly. There is no magic pill that will cause you to lose weight – in fact, many diet pills and diets can actually increase anxiety. You simply need to start taking care of your body, and your weight will follow.

The good news is that exercise and healthy eating are actually incredibly effective tools for combating anxiety as well. So, in a way, it does not matter which comes first – you are reducing both when you start exercising regularly.

A Final Thought About Stress and Anxiety Treatment

Combining regular exercise, healthy eating, and Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) give you an enhanced way to combat anxiety-related weight gain. Data from clinical studies and practical application reflect the positive results that may be gained by applying low amplitude, extremely low frequency (ELF) electric currents, through the Vagus nerve system. The CES Ultra cranial electrotherapy stimulator device incorporates both ELF currents and ear clip attachments, as part of its standard application to treat stress and anxiety without medication.

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My body had actually lost its ability to fall asleep naturally and now, just the thoughts of going to sleep had become a great source of daily stress and anxiety for me. So bad was this problem that when it was actually time for me to go to bed… I would lie there wide awake for hours. The CES Ultra gave me my life back, and I feel like a new person again.

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Last Modified: May 18, 2021

Coping with Anxiety Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Stressed Man in Home Quarantine, Coping with Anxiety During Coronavirus Pandemic
Stressed Man in Home Quarantine, Coping with Anxiety During Coronavirus Pandemic

Living through the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic is raising anxiety levels, especially among people sheltering in place. This is a new experience for people who do not suffer from anxiety disorders under normal circumstances. Their anxiety can act as an innate tool to aid in adapting to situations or circumstances, preparing them to move forward in an appropriate manner. For people who suffer from anxiety disorders even in the best of times, the current pandemic adds layers of stress, thus making coping with anxiety extremely difficult.

Coping with Anxiety Strengthens You and Your Social Network

Increased stress and anxiety during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your friends and loved ones
  • Changes in sleep and eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia) or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Worsening of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Increased use of alcohol, or other drugs.

The CES Ultra is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated medical device with allowable medical claims for anxiety and insomnia. As such, the CES Ultra is an ideal method of treatment (modality) for our current shelter in place experience.

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Everyone Reacts Differently to Stressful Situations

Person Coping with Anxiety by Using a CES Ultra Device
Person Coping with Anxiety by Using a CES Ultra Device

How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community in which you live. People who might respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:

  • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for severe illnesses from COVID-19
  • Children and teens
  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, such as doctors, nurses, other health care providers, and first responders
  • People with pre-existing mental health conditions including PTSD, Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Chronic Anxiety and problems with substance use.

Having the right information is imperative for peace of mind and taking proper action. Passing useful information to those we meet can be helpful in calming some of the fears and anxiety.

Great Uncertainty Heightens Fear and Anxiety

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we find ourselves in a position of great uncertainty. Physical isolation, changing facts and financial insecurity heighten fear and anxiety.

Physical Isolation (Quarantine)

Human beings are social creatures. For the majority of us, isolating from friends, family and the rest of our fellow travelers is contrary to who and how we are. This fact alone can make physical isolation mentally challenging, even for the most stable among us. Physical isolation becomes precarious for people with pre-existing physical or mental challenges. Not knowing how long we will need to maintain our status of relative quarantine adds to the angst of the situation for all of us.

The Constant Changing Facts of the Illness

Every week the experts are giving us new and different information about the virus itself. The range of possible COVID-19 symptoms is ever widening, making it more difficult to identify treatments.

The fact that the science on COVID-19 is unknown makes the situation even more difficult for the average person to understand. It is unnerving to know that the best minds on our planet have yet to identify solid facts.

Financial Insecurity

With no immediate end to the pandemic in sight and the world economy halted, people naturally are concerned about their financial security. The consequences already have become dire for some people. Twenty-six million people have lost jobs, many living a day-to-day existence. Having no idea what will come next or when things will begin to improve can lead one’s mind to worst possible financial scenarios.

Get Help Coping with Your Anxiety

Get help coping with anxiety amid the coronavirus pandemic. Your suffering is both real and natural. Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) is a safe and effective way to reduce your anxiety, without medication. The CES Ultra is an FDA regulated and registered CES device for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia. Experience the relaxing benefits of the CES Ultra device when coping with your anxiety.

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My body had actually lost its ability to fall asleep naturally and now, just the thoughts of going to sleep had become a great source of daily stress and anxiety for me. So bad was this problem that when it was actually time for me to go to bed… I would lie there wide awake for hours. The CES Ultra gave me my life back, and I feel like a new person again.

Wayne R.

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Last Modified: December 28, 2020