Feel cold, chilly, chills, chilled, cold all the time, anxiety stress symptom
Feel cold, chilly, chills, chilled, feeling cold all the time, shivery:
You may suddenly feel cold, chilly, or chilled. You may have an area on or in your body that feels unusually cold, chilly, chilled, or shivery.
Other descriptions include feeling cold and chilly all the time, feeling chilly and tired, feeling chills all the time, feeling chills but no fever, feeling chilly and cold, feeling cold anxiety, feeling cold and tired all the time, and feeling cold and shivery.
This feeling might feel like you are in a cold draft or like you have a chill that you can’t seem to get rid of no matter what you do, such as even with blankets, extra clothing, or with the heat turned up.
The chilly, chilled, or cold spot may originate at one small location on or in the body, may involve the entire body, or any variation thereof.
Feel cold, chills, chilled, chilliness symptoms can come and go sporadically, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may feel cold, chilly, or chilled once and a while and not that often, or feel chills, chilly, and cold all the time.
Feel cold, chills, chilled, chilliness symptoms may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other sensations and symptoms, and may precede, accompany, or follow an episode of increased stress, fear, worry, high anxiety, and even panic.
Feel cold, chills, chilled, chilliness symptoms can also precede, accompany, or follow an ‘episode’ of elevated anxiety and/or stress and is also often described as feeling chilly and tired.
Similar to other anxiety-caused sensations and symptoms, this feel cold, chills, chilled, chilliness feeling symptom can occur in conjunction with an episode of high anxiety, can occur ‘out of the blue” and for no apparent reason, can occur immediately upon waking up, and/or be the cause of being woken up.
All of the above combinations and variations are common.
What causes the feel cold, chilled, chills, chilly, and shivery anxiety symptoms?
Behaving in an apprehensive manner (worried, fretful, fearful) causes the body to produce the stress response. The stress response secretes stress hormones into the bloodstream where they travel to targeted spots in the body to bring about specific physiological, psychological, and emotional changes that enhance the body's ability to deal with a threat - to either fight with or flee from it - which is the reason this response is often referred to as the fight or flight response.
While the stress response changes are active, they can cause a wide range of sensations and symptoms, including feeling chilled, chilly, chills, cold, and shivery. As long as this response is active, these types of anxiety symptoms can persist.
Is the feel cold chilly, chills, chilled, chillness, and shivery symptoms harmful?
No! It’s considered ‘normal’ for apprehensive behavior and the accompanying fight or flight response changes it produces.
This anxiety symptom can also be caused by sustained stress, such as that from behaving in an overly apprehensive manner for an extended period of time. In this case, this symptom is still not harmful. It will disappear when your body has recovered from the negative effects of sustained stress.
How to eliminate the feel cold, chilled, chills, chilly, and shivery symptoms?
When this feel cold, chilly anxiety symptom is caused by apprehensive behavior and the accompanying emergency response changes, calming yourself down will bring an end to the response and its changes. As your body recovers from the active stress response – yes, there is a recovery period after the stress response changes have ended – this feel cold symptom should subside. Keep in mind that it can take up to 20 minutes or more for the body to recover from a major response. But this is normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern.
When this feel cold, chilly symptom is caused by sustained stress, it may take a lot more time for the body to recover and to the point where this symptom is eliminated.
Nevertheless, when the body has fully recovered, this feel cold, chilly, chilled anxiety symptom will completely subside. Therefore, this symptom needn’t be a cause for concern.
You can speed up the recovery process by reducing your stress, practicing relaxed breathing, increasing your rest and relaxation, and not worrying about this symptom. Again, when your body has recovered from the stress response and/or sustained stress, this symptom will completely disappear.
For a more detailed explanation about all anxiety symptoms, why symptoms can persist long after the stress response has ended, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, we have many chapters that address this information in the Recovery Support area of our website.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to overcome anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - we call these core causes the underlying factors of anxiety - a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to eliminate problematic anxiety and its symptoms once and for all.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated May 2016