What connects fear and cold hands? You will find out in this post.
You may be familiar with some of the more common symptoms of fear, such as a rapid heartbeat or sweating hands but you may not know that fear can also make your hands and feet feel cold.
The autonomic nervous system regulates certain body processes, such as blood pressure and the rate of breathing. It works independently of our will. For example, when you eat a meal, you don't have to tell your digestive system what to do. So why do we sometimes have cold hands?
When we are afraid, our blood automatically drains from our hands and feet to power the large muscles in our arms and hips, preparing us to fight or flee. Under the influence of a threat, the body releases an increased amount of adrenaline, thus preparing itself to react immediately to the impending danger. Unfortunately, nowadays such reactions aren't always adequate because we don't need physical strength when facing the exam, for example.