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Anxiety is a feeling of unease, like a worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.
Even the most stable and well-adjusted among us would agree that some situations can be stressful. But for a person suffering from an anxiety disorder, the normal stress that someone would feel in these situations grows out of proportion and can eventually have the potential to be disruptive to their social, family and work life.
People who are affected by anxiety and panic attacks can suddenly find themselves in a state of emergency without any apparent reason. This can be accompanied by symptoms such as dizziness, palpitations, and inability to think clearly.
The deep pressure provided by a weighted cover can help reduce the physiological arousal associated with anxiety by acting on the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS has two components: the sympathetic and parasympathetic. The sympathetic is responsible for the body’s “fight or flight” response. When activated by stressful situations, it increases functions such as your heart and breathing rate, causing physical symptoms like a pounding heartbeat and shortness of breath. The parasympathetic is the opposite, it helps you conserve and restore energy by slowing down functions like your heart and breathing rate – “rest and digest”.
A weighted cover can trigger a switch from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic helping you to control the situation, feel calmer and more in control.
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