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How can I stop trembling when I'm anxious?

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Last Updated: 06/21/2020 at 7:27am
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December 10th, 2014 12:01am
I tremble when I'm anxious as well. The thing is that it's something it's something that I am aware of however others are generally not aware of. By focusing on your shaking, you actually make your anxiety worse and shake more. Try to externalise and you will be fine.
June 21st, 2020 7:27am
A significant symptom of anxiety disorders would be the essential tremors that cause involuntary and unexpected trembling, shivering, and shaking. This might arise as flight response along with panic attacks to too much caffeine consumption, social situations, in the case of social anxiety disorder, or barely any cause at all, like in panic disorder. When anxious, physical symptoms like accelerated heart rate, low blood sugar, and hands shaking can be observed. Possible causes of anxiety are associated with sleep deprivation and the prevalence of a medical condition. For treatment, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (antidepressants) are prescribed to creates changes in the serotonin levels of the brain. Besides, meditation, journaling, therapeutic coloring, and diaphragmatic breathing can be considered. (Source:
December 10th, 2014 6:09am
Focuses on it or wishing it to stop will only make it worse. Accept trembling as a part of the process and a way to burn off nervous energy and it will probably go away on its own.
March 14th, 2015 5:42pm
Try to practise your breathing and focus on keeping yourself relaxed.It might help to close your eyes for a few second and take a few deep breaths.At first you might not be very successful at it,but after a couple of situations like that,you might be able to control it.There are many muscle relaxation guides on this page,try to look it up.
December 12th, 2014 5:18pm
I have found that doing breathing exercises helps me when I start to shake. I have anxiety very bad, and, well, maybe it can help you. I also try to focus on a positive memory. Something that makes me really happy. Nine out of ten times, it works for me.
December 21st, 2014 2:00pm
I do breathing exercises. 7 counts in, 8 counts hold, 7 counts out. This helps your body to shift from sympathetic nervous system to parasympathetic.
December 13th, 2014 2:50pm
That is very hard, as I had anxiety as well. What you should do is something called 'self hypnosis'. It can be very beneficial. How you do it is you say positive things to yourself, and say them so much that you believe it and it becomes true. It will only work if you believe yourself though. Say something like to yourself like 'I'm calm', but avoid saying things like 'I'm not anxious' as 'not' is a negative word. Good luck! :)
December 28th, 2014 2:59am
The way in which your body reacts to anxiety is often something that you can't control. What you can manage however is the anxiety itself, there are many resources out there that can provide some great techniques and exercises to help when you start feeling anxious. Finding the techniques and exercises that work for you is the first step, in most cases if you invest the time into this, you will see improvements.
December 10th, 2014 7:35pm
Sometimes it isn't possible to stop trembling, as it can be due to a medical issue. Deep breathing and relaxation exercises may help.
December 26th, 2014 2:49am
It helps me to take small sips of water and not focus on it. The more I focus on it, the more the shaking continues.
March 14th, 2015 11:27pm
If I'm in the middle of a stressful situation, which is causing anxiety, it can be hard to utilize coping mechanisms to deal with the stress. The most effective method, I've found for myself, is focusing on my breath. Deep and steady breathing from the belly, diaphragmatic breathing. With practice this can become a simple, free, easily accessed tool that can help you decrease your anxiety. See the American Institute of Stress website for more information:
August 24th, 2015 5:53pm
Focus on one thing, like a book you like to read or a show. Then relax all your muscles. And breath.
May 2nd, 2016 1:41pm
I have this problem. Try grabbing something and gripping it very tight. This helps me a lot!(: If you have nothing to grab, fold your arms and squeeze your arms(:
January 3rd, 2015 2:35am
i have trouble with this immensely and often... it's terrible! but the best thing to do, i find, is to take yourself out of the environment that is burdening you with such anxiety even if for a couple minutes, as quick as possible, breathe deeply remind yourself that you are safe and recuperate. it might be best to also chat with someone who can offer some support as well if possible. seek out professional help, if not already, to try and understand your anxiety and be able to find alternatives in coping with all that encompasses it.
March 13th, 2015 10:31pm
I personally think that the best thing to do is to try and think positive thought even though it's extremely hard it works a lot for me x
April 18th, 2015 11:45pm
First and foremost, when you become anxious, your body reacts in some strange ways. Trembling is one of them. It is important to know that it is completely normal. Next order of business, don't fight it. The more you think about stopping it, the more it will happen. I find it easiest to take some deep breaths, remind myself that I am going to be okay...actually say outloud "I am going to be okay" (You don't have to scream it :-) ) And find a pleasant distraction. That distraction can be any number of things. If all else fails, it is completely acceptable to excuse yourself from whatever causes you anxiety until you are able to calm yourself down.
June 30th, 2015 1:36pm
I find that practicing mindfulness exercises really helps in situations when I am feeling anxious and begin to tremble. I often try to focus on what I can see, hear and feel around me to ease my mind and bring myself back into the present.
December 23rd, 2015 11:35am
Anxiety is a terrible state to be in, and it does not help either the person undergoing it, nor the people around. You would do well to talk to a professional about your problems, where the source of the anxiety could be pinned down, and you could understand how to cope better and live a happier life. I faced similar issues and found my resolve with online counseling on You should also give it a shot, trust me, it will help. :)
September 6th, 2016 2:48pm
Trembling due to anxiety happens to a lot of people, even if to some more than others, so I am saying myself that it's normal. What I try to do is to free my mind, focus on my breath and think about something positive.
May 22nd, 2017 12:24am
I find it really helpful to take a minute and focus on my breath. I like to shake my hands, and then drop my shoulders. I close my eyes, breathe in through the nose for 4 seconds, hold for 3 seconds and then breathe out steadily through the mouth for 5 seconds 😊
December 10th, 2014 12:21am
You just jave to breath and relax, don’t think about the fact that you are trembling, it would just make it worse. Remember, relax and breath.
December 14th, 2014 10:32pm
Anxiety reducing techniques can help. Grounding Techniques, breathing exercises, mindfulness, positive self-talk, positive affirmations, and challenging distorted thoughts can all help deal with anxiety and thus lessen shaking or trembling.
July 14th, 2015 8:24pm
Your body and mind are connected. If you are trembling due to anxiety, the best thing you can do is target your anxiety. Why are you feeling anxious? What is making you feel anxious? Reducing the anxiety will help alleviate that mind-body connection and allow your hands to be still.
August 25th, 2015 2:10am
When I am anxious about something I take a a 15 minute break either before or during whatever I am doing. I simple allow myself to meditate and regain my center. I usually count my breaths or remind myself that we are all connected so I am amongst friends. Hope this helps :) Let me know if you tried this method and if it works for you!
August 25th, 2015 6:24pm
First of all, when you are anxious you need to calm yourself down. So, take a seat and start taking deep breaths and tell yourself to relax. Tell your mind to relax. The effect will slowly start to diminish and you'll feel better.
December 22nd, 2015 6:13pm
1- Sit down somwhere quiet and comfortable. 2- Drink some water. 3-Practice deep breathing. 4- Have someone to stay near you
February 1st, 2016 10:34am
A great way to stop trembling when you're anxious is deep breathing it relaxes your body and the trembling should stop shortly🔑
May 31st, 2016 10:06pm
You need to calm down your breathing. It could be your heart going a certain speed and then you start shaking. I know this might seem difficult when your anxious but if you practice you will have an easier time controlling your breathing.
June 13th, 2016 6:57pm
Deep breaths, reassuring, self-empowering thoughts, and SMILES (even when you don't feel like it)!!!
November 15th, 2016 6:41am
I take a few deep breaths and try to remember the things I like, even minor things, like a song or how much I look forward to drawing when I get the chance. If that doesn't help, sometimes I try to talk to a friend and that usually helps dispel the fear (since anxiety, for me, has a tendency to grow larger when you're alone and stuck in that cycle).