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Why inner restlessness makes you seek?

Updated: Apr 19

The condition of inner restlessness can thus hardly be clearly located on a physical or psychological level. Dealing with it is correspondingly difficult: Is there a physical illness behind it that should be taken to the doctor? Or are the complaints a sign of a psychological problem and thus a case for the mental practitioner? We explain what inner restlessness can mean and what to do if the feeling comes up again and again – or even becomes a constant companion.

The stresses of daily life tear at our sense of stability, self-confidence, creating even more vulnerability to stress.
Why inner restlessness makes you seek?

Nervous, excited, tense, somehow tingly: there are many words to describe inner unease. But how does this condition arise - and what is behind it?

Hardly any other feeling makes the unity of body and psyche as clearly perceptible as inner restlessness. On the one hand, mental states such as fear, excitement, and trepidation go hand in hand with physical movements such as sweating, shaking, or heart racing. On the other hand, the possible causes of inner restlessness are both physical and psychological: exam nerves, time pressure at work, arguments in the family are possible triggers, as are thyroid and metabolic disorders.

Definition: What does inner restlessness feel like?

There is no official medical definition of inner restlessness. In the literature, it is often described as a condition that is typically accompanied by tension, excitement, urge to move, anxiety, and/or anticipation, and can be associated with a variety of other symptoms - such as rapid heartbeat, shaking, and sweating. Sometimes restlessness is used as a synonym (i.e. a different term) for nervousness.

Among doctors, restlessness is considered a "non-specific" symptom. This means that it is not a typical sign of a certain illness. Rather, many different illnesses can be associated with inner restlessness. There are also many triggers for inner restlessness that are not due to a disease.

Symptoms: Signs of restlessness

Inner restlessness is usually accompanied by various physical symptoms, such as Heart racing, Shaking, Sweating, or High blood pressure. All of these can be normal reactions of the body to stress. Even if the event was not objectively threatening, if the person affected found it stressful, frightening, or oppressive, this can be enough to trigger a stress reaction.

This is triggered by a part of the nervous system that cannot be controlled at will, the sympathetic nervous system. Among other things, the sympathetic nervous system causes the heartbeat, blood pressure, and breathing to accelerate and the body to start sweating, which can lead to the symptoms mentioned above. In this way, the body increases its performance in order to be better prepared for flight or fight.

The state of inner restlessness thus serves an important purpose in emergency situations, but it should not remain permanently. The body cannot remain in a state of heightened readiness all the time. After all, every danger passes at some point, so that every tension is usually followed by relaxation. At least that's how it is in the great outdoors. In the modern world, there are often conditions that put many people under constant stress. This can manifest itself in constant inner turmoil - along with the symptoms mentioned above.

However, stress is not the only possible cause of a feeling of inner restlessness and the associated symptoms such as heart pounding, shaking, sweating, and increased blood pressure. There are also illnesses that can manifest themselves through such complaints.

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